Body washes up on Beckham holiday island

David Beckham is staying on the island in the Maldives Credit: PA

A dead body has washed up at an exclusive resort in the Maldives where David Beckham is taking a Christmas holiday with his family, police said.

Police said the man, a Sri Lankan national, was not a guest or employee of the resort where Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was also reportedly staying.

"The body was removed to a morgue and investigations are underway," police spokesman Hassan Haneef told the AFP news agency.

Beckham, his wife Victoria and their four children remained at the de luxe resort despite the problems on Sunday, tourism sources said.