Mystery as body found in burnt out car

POLICE last night sealed off a quiet country lane after a charred corpse was found in a burnt-out car near the Essex Showground.The gruesome discovery was made by firefighters scrambled to a burning vehicle near Braintree at around 4pm yesterday.

By Roddy Ashworth

POLICE last night sealed off a quiet country lane after a charred corpse was found in a burnt-out car near the Essex Showground.

The gruesome discovery was made by firefighters scrambled to a burning vehicle near Braintree at around 4pm yesterday.

When the flames had died down a badly burned body was found by rescue workers, who had been called to the blaze in Brackley Lane, near the village of Great Leighs.


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Last night, police said the death was being treated as “unexplained”.

They added that the intensity of the blaze which engulfed the body had made it impossible to establish whether it was that of a man or a woman.

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The corpse was found in the front passenger area of a white Volkswagen Golf, which appeared to have been parked on a grass verge.

A post mortem examination is expected to take place at some point today to try and establish the cause of death.

Last night a police spokesman said that officers were still at the scene, adding: "Anyone who was in the vicinity of Brackley Lane in the afternoon and saw anything suspiscious - or who has any other information - is asked to contact Braintree police Station on 01376 551312."

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