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UPDATE: Body found in bushes was man in 50s

The road was closed earlier while forensic teams gathered evidence

Hampshire Police have confirmed that the body found in bushes by a roadside in Hook was that of a man in his 50's.

Officers were called to Griffin Way South close to junction 5 of the M3 at 8.30 this morning.

The road was closed for several hours as forensic investigators examined the scene. It has since been reopened.

Police have now said they are not treating the death as suspicious, but have sent a file to the coroner.

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Body found in bushes: Pictures from the scene

A white tent has been erected at the side of the B3349

Investigators remain at the scene at Hook in Hampshire, after a body was found in bushes at the side of a road.

The road has been cordoned off

Detectives were called to the B3349 Griffin Way South just after 8.30am this morning (Sunday) and the area remains cordoned off.

Local residents are being thanked for their cooperation and patience, with diversions in place. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

The death is being treated as 'unexplained'

A white tent has been erected in an area of woodland close to the railway bridge.

Hampshire police say they're treating the death as 'unexplained'.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area

More as we get it.

Investigation launched after body found in bushes near housing estate

A police cordon is in place Credit: UKNIP

Police have sealed off part of a housing estate after a body was discovered in bushes at Hook in Hampshire.

Scene of crime officers are gathering evidence from a wooded area next to the B3349 Griffin Way South, just off junction 5 of the M3.

It's reported residents are being signed in and out of the area, with a cordon in place near Bow Field and Bartley Business Park close to the Virgin Media office.

Officers are advising motorists to avoid the area, and say the death is being treated as unexplained.

More to follow.

BREAKING: Body found in bushes on country road

Credit: PA

Hampshire Police are investigating after a body was discovered in undergrowth in Hook this morning.

Officers were called just after 8.30am to Griffin Way South, and the road remains closed while investigations are carried out.

They've released a brief statement:

Police were called at 8.33am on Sunday, December 4, to reports of a body found in bushes on Griffin Way South, Hook.

The B3349 Griffin Way South has been completely closed off in both directions.

Officers are currently at the scene and a cordon is in place.

The death is being treated as unexplained at this time.

– Hampshire Police
The road, just off the M3, has been closed Credit: Google Maps

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TRAVEL: M3 closed northbound between J5 (Hook) and J4a (Farnborough)

There are long delays northbound on the M3 following an earlier crash.

The motorway is closed between junctions 5 (Hook) and 4a (Farnborough) which may last in to the evening affecting those heading to the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham.

The diversion is as follows: leave the M3 at junction 5. Take the second exit on roundabout onto B3349 to A30 roundabout. Take the third exit onto the A30 (London Road) continue for approximately 6 miles to A30/A327 roundabout. Take the third exit onto the A327 for approximately 2 miles to re-join the M3 at J4A

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Nine sets of twins in same year group set to start school

Did you know that more than 9,000 sets of twins are born in Britain every year? Multiple births are less of a rarity these days and that's definitely the case at one primary school in Hampshire - where they have SIX sets of twins in one year group.

They shared their final day together at Hook Juniors earlier this week but they will only be separated for six weeks as they will all be starting the same secondary school in September along with another three sets of twins!! Mel Bloor caught up with them.

Athlete's anger at stolen kit

Detectives are looking for witnesses and information after a British athlete's kit was stolen in Holt Lane, Hook.

The offenders broke into athlete Charlotte Purdue's garage and stole her official Great Britain kit, 30 boxes of Nike trainers and holdall bags.

Charlotte Purdue's Team GB kit was stolen in Hook Credit: PA

The break-in took place between 4pm on May 5 and 5am and May 9.

Some of the items have been recovered but at least 15 boxes of trainers remain outstanding.

TRAVEL - ROADS: A3 Southbound at Hook - severe delays

Severe delays & one lane closed due to recovery work and accident, three vehicles involved on A3 Southbound between A243 Hook Road / A309 Hook Rise North (Kingston By-Pass) Hook Junction and A244 Copsem Lane.

Congestion on A3 Malden Way (Kingston By Pass) to A2043 Malden Road / Bodley Road (Malden Junction).

Travel time is over 40 minutes. Traffic was being held just before the Esher exit. Traffic was able to pass from 07:15 in lanes one and two, but lane three remains closed as one of the vehicles is awaiting recovery.

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