Murder investigation launched after discovery of man’s body in St Mary’s car park, Colchester

Forensics investigate the scene at St Mary's car park in Colchester. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Forensics investigate the scene at St Mary's car park in Colchester. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

A murder investigation has been launched after the discovery of a man’s body within a Colchester car park this morning.

Forensics investigate the scene at St Mary's car park in Colchester. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Forensics investigate the scene at St Mary's car park in Colchester. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Police closed St Mary’s car park on Balkerne Hill, Colchester, after the body was found around 8.55am today.

Officers are continuing to carry out enquiries to establish the circumstances and the cause of death.

Forensics investigate the scene at St Mary's car park in Colchester. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Forensics investigate the scene at St Mary's car park in Colchester. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Officers are still on the scene this evening and will be allowing those with “urgent requirements” to retrieve their vehicles from 6.30pm.

Essex Police said that they were drafting in extra officers from across the county to support local officers at the scene to help speed up this process.

Forensics investigate the scene at St Mary's car park in Colchester. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Forensics investigate the scene at St Mary's car park in Colchester. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The force said it was grateful to those persons affected for their cooperation.


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The St Mary’s Car Park will remain closed for at least the next 48 hours to allow investigations at the scene to be carried out and so police are advising motorists to make alternative arrangements.

Police have appealed for witnesses to get in touch. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Police have appealed for witnesses to get in touch. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate on 101, quoting incident 224 of 23/04 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police have appealed for witnesses to get in touch. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Police have appealed for witnesses to get in touch. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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