Seven people charged with murder of man, 21

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Seven people, including five youths, have been charged with the murder of a man who was found dead near a supermarket, police said today.

The body of Shaun Rossington, 21, was discovered on a patch of grassland near the Waitrose store in Searby Road, Lincoln, on Thursday morning. He had suffered head injuries.

Seven people were arrested on Saturday in connection with his death and today Lincolnshire Police said they had all been charged with his murder.

They are Mark Jackson, 20, Nicholas Shelbourn, 26, two girls, aged 16 and 13, and three boys, all aged 16.

A police spokesman said all seven were from Lincoln but they would not be releasing any more specific addresses at this time.

The seven are due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates' Court this morning and will be committed into custody to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on Tuesday.

In a tribute released through the police, Mr Rossington's parents, Sharon and Kevin, said they had been "shattered" by their son's death.

They said: "He only had friends, no enemies.

"His passions were football, cars and the gym. He loved watching Lincoln City play and would never miss a home match.

"He was so looking forward to watching all the World Cup games on the television. Shaun was also a keen player and in season turned out regularly for Lincoln City Sharks.

"He went to his gym regularly and was very fit and healthy."