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Police identify body found on Blackpool Beach

Eric Brown Credit: MEN Syndication

Police are appealing for information after a man's body was found on a beach in Blackpool.

Officers were called to the beach, opposite the Wedding Chapel, at 7.20am on Saturday.

Following an appeal, the body was identified as being that of Eric Brown, 64, of Newbury, Berkshire.

His family have been informed of the discovery but police are keen to find out how and why Mr Brown came to be in the resort, although there are no suspicious circumstances.

Credit: MEN Syndication

Mr Brown was wearing a dark grey woollen coat and a distinctive gold and silver watch.

These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with Mr Brown's family at this incredibly difficult time.

"We are working to establish why Mr Brown was in Blackpool and where he may have visited.

"We are appealing to anyone who might have seen him or spoken with him in the days prior to his discovery on October 12th, to contact police.

"We're looking into the possibility Mr Brown may have stayed at a local hotel or guest house so are appealing directly to hoteliers who may have interacted with him."

– Detective Inspector Kev Simmons, Blackpool CID