Woman found dead on Lee-on-the-Solent beach

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A woman’s body has been found on the beach at Lee-on-the-Solent.

The grim discovery was made near Lee-on-Solent Sailing Club today.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: ‘Officers were called at 10.39am this morning.

‘The discovery is not being treated as suspicious.

‘Enquiries are underway to confirm the woman’s identity and contact any next-of-kin.’

Forensic experts were today at the scene.

Members of the public were shocked as they took a Sunday stroll.

Margaret May, 66, from Gosport, said: ‘I’m shocked. We came down to have a meal at The Old Ship pub and we saw the police cars there.

‘We thought maybe someone had fallen out of a boat or something.

‘We hoped it was not going to be bad. You don’t expect this round here.’

Margaret Atkinson, from Lee-on-the-Solent, said: ‘Something was covered on the beach by the edge of the water, covered by a high-vis jacket.

‘Shortly afterwards, the forensics team arrived to take photos. Six police offices gently carried something on to the promenade and erected a tent.

‘They did wheel a girl’s /ladies bicycle into a police van.’