Police investigating the murder of a gay man who was found on Southampton common have arrested two men in connection with the murder.

Nigel Price, 58, was found on Southampton Common on Saturday November 14th 2009 with severe head injuries. He had been at a local pub the night before and police believe he was attacked before 9.30pm.

He died last Tuesday in hospital when his condition deteriorated, having been in a semi-coma for four months. A post-mortem examination found that he died from the delayed effects of his head injuries.

Mr Price was known as an out gay man and police have not ruled out the possibility that the attack was motivated by homophobia.

The area where he was found was known as a popular meeting place for gay men and police hope that people who were out on the common that night may be able to help the investigation.

LGBT liaison officers have also been visiting gay and lesbian pubs to encourage witnesses to come forward.

Police know that Mr Price was at the nearby Cowherds Pub until about 8.20pm on the evening of Friday November 13th. He was found at 7.30am the following morning. He had previously been attacked on the same common.