Shingle Street: Beach body death not thought suspicious

The body of Margaret Prentice was found on the beach at Shingle Street

The body of Margaret Prentice was found on the beach at Shingle Street - Credit: Archant

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out on the body of a woman found on a Suffolk beach yesterday morning.

Police were called to Shingle Street, between Orford and Bawdsey at about 9.55am after the body was found by two members of the public.

The woman, who has not been identified but was described as “elderly” was discovered on the shore opposite the Martello tower.

Her death is not thought to have been suspicious but the coroner is due to carry out an examination in due course to establish the course of death. Until, then her death will be treated as unexplained.

Meanwhile, police are continuing with their own enquiries and are trying to establish the woman’s identity and contact her next of kin.


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She was pronounced dead at the scene soon after the arrival of emergency services, including the Air Ambulance.

Although the beach was busy by yesterday afternoon, few people were around at the time of the discovery.

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It is not thought that the woman is from the Shingle Street area but this is still to be officially confirmed.

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