Man dies in Portsmouth pond tragedy

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Police have confirmed that a man's body was found next to a popular Portsmouth pond.

Dog walkers discovered the body at Baffins Pond, in Copnor, Portsmouth.

The 44-year-old local man, whose body was found on a pathway next to the pond, had been in the water at some point but police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

They were called to the scene by paramedics at 8.35am on Christmas Eve but did not reveal any details of the incident.

After local speculation on the nature of the tragedy, a Hampshire Police spokesman today confirmed that the body had been discovered.

Police said that they believed that the man had at some point been in the water and that his belongings had been recovered from the pond.