Police ask for help to identify body found on Southsea beach

Police are trying to identify a body found on Southsea beach
Police are trying to identify a body found on Southsea beach
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POLICE in Portsmouth are appealing for help after a body was discovered on the beach in Southsea.

A dog walker raised the alarm after discovering the body of a man at around 7.15am.

Police sealed off part of the beach between the Tenth Hole Tearooms and South Parade Pier while forensic teams carried out their investigations.

However, the body had to be moved due to the incoming tide.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘It’s too early to say what the circumstances might be surrounding the discovery of the body.

‘At this stage we do not know whether it is suspicious or not.’

Maria Gibbs, who works at the Coffee Cup outlet on the beach, described what she saw.

She said: ‘I opened up at 7.30am and our driver came along and said that something had happened.

‘I could see all the tape, all the police, and they were using a really big light because it was still fairly dark.

‘There was also a little boat out in the water looking, but they were all using lights – they were flashing everywhere.’

The body was moved before 10am as the tide advanced.

‘I can’t believe they took it all away so quickly,’ added Ms Gibbs.

Police are working to try to establish the identity of the man, and ask anyone with any information to contact Det Sgt Gary Cable at Fratton Police Station on 101, or anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.