Essex lake death 'not suspicious'

THE death of a man whose body was found in a lake in Colchester is not being treated as suspicious by detectives, it emerged last night.Police launched an investigation after two fisherman spotted the body in the water shortly after 4.

By Annie Davidson

THE death of a man whose body was found in a lake in Colchester is not being treated as suspicious by detectives, it emerged last night.

Police launched an investigation after two fisherman spotted the body in the water shortly after 4.30pm on Thursday.

The lake, behind Scarfe Way on the Greenstead estate, is one of three close to Salary Brook.


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The area was cordoned off as the body was removed and forensic examinations were carried out.

Officers believe the man is aged in his fifties and from the Colchester area but formal identification is yet to take place.

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A post mortem examination to establish a cause of death was due to take place yesterday but its results were not available last night.

However it is not believed that the death was suspicious and if the post mortem examination confirms this, the coroner will be informed and an inquest held at a later date.

The two men who found the body told yesterday of the moment they made the horrifying discovery.

Joe Thwaits, 31, of Woodcock Close, said: “I saw what looked like a body. I saw the back of a head and the shoulders floating on the top of the water. It's not the sort of thing you see everyday.

“It hadn't been there long. A couple of hours maybe.”

Scott Collins, 31, of Parsons Heath, added: “I just wanted to see if it was a child or not. It was a bit of hair and I knew it was a body. I've been down there all my life fishing.”

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Colchester police on 01206 762212.

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