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Body found on remote Suffolk marshes near scene of illegal rave

PUBLISHED: 21:07 20 May 2018 | UPDATED: 21:25 20 May 2018

Marshland near Somerleyton

Marshland near Somerleyton Picture; PAUL GEATER


Police are investigating after a man’s body was found on Suffolk marshland just hours after they had been called to an illegal rave in the area.

Somerleyton sign.
Photo: Bill Darnell
Copy: Chris Hill
For: EDP
Archant © 2007 (01603) 772434Somerleyton sign. Photo: Bill Darnell Copy: Chris Hill For: EDP Archant © 2007 (01603) 772434

A man working on the Somerleyton estate near Lowestoft called police on Sunday morning to say he had found a man’s body in the marshes.

Suffolk police had initially been called by the British Transport Police who had been alerted to the rave by a crew of overnight engineers working for Network Rail

They were carrying out maintenance on the Norwich to Lowestoft rail line – no trains use the track overnight.

Police officers were initially been called to the remote area of the village about the noise at 1.15am. They had not been able to take any action to close down the “unlicensed music event” (UME) – but had remained in the area.

It is not thought there were a great number of people at the event, but its unlicensed nature was a concern.

A Suffolk police spokesman said no members of the public had called about a noise problem because there were no homes in the area of the rave.

He said: “They remained in the area and monitored the event until it came to an end at around 6.25am.

“At 9am this morning, police were called by a man working on the Somerleyton estate reporting that he believed he had discovered a body in the marshes. This was in an area close to where the UME had occurred.”

He said there was nothing at this stage to formally link the death with the rave – but investigations were continuing.

Police said the death is currently being treated as unexplained, but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

A spokesman said a file will be prepared for the coroner.

Somerleyton village is about five miles north west of Lowestoft – and while it is dominated by Somerleyton Hall and the village centre, it is geographically very large.

There are large areas of marshland that are quite remote and can be seen most easily from the train. But the track is some distance from the centre of the village so it would not be surprising that homes were not disturbed by the noise from the event.

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