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Police look into gunshot reports as body found in river

The water at Riverside Park is being searched for evidence Photo:

Police forensic teams have continued scouring two neighbouring incident scenes in Southampton for a second day after the discovery of a body in a river at a park.

Officers were deployed to River Walk in the city at about 1am on Thursday 5th September after reports that gunshots had been heard in the area.

Police officers deployed to the scene found one hundred cannabis plants being grown at an empty home in River Walk. They then discovered a Jeep Cherokee vehicle containing a large amount of cannabis in nearby Riverside Park. Following further investigation a man's body was spotted in the water in Riverside Park.

Police and forensic teams have been investigating at both scenes

Investigators later found a second vehicle believed to have been involved in the incident at the house in River Walk. Both cars were seized for forensic examination. Parts of both Riverside Park and River Wall were cordoned off.

Detectives have carried out a warrant at a separate address in Southampton today as part of their enquiries, but no-one has been arrested.

Police say they are continuing to investigate the death, but have not yet revealed how the man died. He has not been formally identified, but his next-of-kin have been told and are being supported by specialist officers.

“We continue to work hard to ascertain the exact circumstances of what happened in River Walk and how this man came to be found in the water.

“River Walk and Riverside Park remains cordoned off at this time to allow us to gather the evidence we need to ensure we conduct a thorough investigation.

“Officers from Southampton Neighbourhood Policing Teams will continue to be in the area today, visible and approachable, should you have any questions, or have any extra information that you may be able to assist our investigation, please do speak with them.

“Anyone with information regarding either incident who have not yet made contact with us, please get in touch.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Justin Torgout, Hampshire Police

Mary Stanley has been following the case. Watch her report below.

The wider police cordons at River Walk and Riverside Park have now been lifted, however the property housing cannabis plants on River Walk is still surrounded by police tape and remains blocked off.

People with information can contact Hampshire Police by telephoning 101 and quoting Operation Telly, or by going online.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.