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Kent police identify body found in river

Kent Police are investigating after a man's body was pulled from the river in Ashford today. Officers were called to the scene next to the now derelict Liquid and Envy nightclub on East Hill at 9.34 this morning and the road was cordoned off while forensics teams examined the area. The man has now been identified as a 50-year-old from the local area and his next of kin have been informed. Officers are not currently treating the death as suspicious but enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing. The road is now open but police remain at the scene.

Body found trapped between rock groynes

A body has been found trapped in the rock groynes at Beach Green in Lancing.

Police say due to the high tide and its position, emergency services have been unable to remove it.

The body has been secured and emergency services will attempt to recover it this afternoon.

The body has not been identified. However police are not treating it as suspicious.

The coroner's officer has been notified.


Coroner appeal after body found

Police assisting the HM Coroner, after a man’s body was found at Hengistbury Head, are trying to trace the crew of a boat seen at Mudeford Quay who they believe may have vital information.

At 9.25pm on Sunday 24 May 2015, the body of a man aged in his 70s was found in the water at Hengistbury Head by a member of the public.

The man’s next of kin were notified and the death is not being treated as suspicious. It is believed that the man had entered the water at Mudeford Quay 43 hours before he was found.

On behalf of the coroner, police are trying to locate the owner and crew of a boat that left Mudeford Quay at around 2am on Saturday 23 May 2015.

“We believe that the craft was in the general area around the same time as the incident which resulted in a man’s body being discovered. I am hoping that whoever was on that boat may be able to provide us with vital information for the coroner’s inquest. This is a very tragic incident and any information we have may help to piece together exactly what happened. I would like to emphasise that this death is not being treated as suspicious.”

– Police Sergeant Tim Ward, of Christchurch police

Three arrested over body found on footpath

The man was found on a footpath in Golden Grove Credit: Google images

Three men have been arrested in connection with the death of a man who was found lying on a footpath in Southampton.

Police were alerted at 1.50pm yesterday after the man, 32, was found in Golden Grove.

A post mortem examination will be carried out later by a Home Office pathologist to establish a cause of death although a Hampshire police spokeswoman said there was "no obvious traumatic injury".

She added that the death was being treated as unexplained.

"We are very keen to trace two men who were seen near the body outside the flats in Golden Grove shortly before police arrived."

– Det Ch Insp Becky Riggs, Hampshire Police

Officers have been conducting house-to-house inquiries in the area and are examining CCTV footage.

Extra police patrols were also being laid on to provide reassurance to residents.

Investigations continue after body found

Police are continuing their investigation today following the death of a 32-year-old man in Golden Grove, Southampton yesterday (Friday, March 20).

Officers were alerted at 1.50pm after a man was found lying on the a footpath. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

There was no obvious traumatic injury, and a post mortem examination is being conducted today by a Home Office pathologist to help determine the cause of death.

Three men, all in their early forties, have been arrested in connection with the death and are currently in custody.

Officers have been conducting house-to-house inquiries in the area and are examining CCTV.

"At this stage we are continuing to treat the death as unexplained and the results of the post mortem will be vital in helping us build a clear picture of the circumstances surrounding the death. We are speaking to people in the local community but if anyone has any information regarding this incident that can help this investigation, I would urge you to call us as soon as possible. In particular, we are very keen to trace two men who were seen near the body outside the flats in Golden Grove shortly before police arrived yesterday afternoon. They will know who they are when they hear or read this, and we would urge them to come forward and call us as soon as possible."

– Detective Chief Inspector Becky Riggs

Police officers will be out amongst the community in Golden Grove today to speak to residents and address any concerns they may have.

"My team will be out in Golden Grove all day today speaking to members of the local community. Please do come and speak to us if you have any concerns over this or any other matter. We are very happy to speak with you and can hopefully provide reassurance. Or if you would like us to come and see you, please do call 101 and ask for the Southampton Central Neighbourhood Police Team. We can then come to see you and talk through any concerns."

– Inspector Pete Jones

Anyone with information regarding this incident should call 101 and quote Operation Screen. Alternatively, information can be left with Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

Man's body found at waste site "could have slept in bin"

Police are investigating whether a Hastings man, whose body was found at a waste disposal site in West Sussex, may have fallen asleep in a bin.

Ben Far, from St Leonards, was discovered at the Rudford Industrial estate near Ford on Tuesday.

A post mortem examination showed the 28-year-old died from being crushed.

Detective Inspector Jim McKnight said:

It is likely that Ben's body was brought to the site by lorry having been taken from a commercial refuse bin. The refuse bin could be from a number of locations but is likely to be from a coastal location in West Sussex.

His death is being treated as unexplained and the investigation is ongoing into the circumstances.

We are appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard from Ben from April 15th to contact police with information as we are trying to build up a picture of his movements.

Ben had links to St Leonards and Hastings and was also known to frequent the Brighton area.

– Detective Inspector Jim McKnight, Sussex Police
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