Woman's body found in bin in Sussex park as man arrested in murder probe

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman’s body in a bin at a park in Sussex.

Thursday, 14th November 2019, 5:12 pm
Body found in Lewes park. Picture: Peter Cripps

Police said the woman’s body was discovered in a bin in undergrowth on the edge of the recreation ground off Landport Road in Lewes by a dog walker at about 12.30pm on Wednesday.

Officers believe the body had been there for some time, possibly since mid-October.

The death was initially treated as unexplained, but police are now treating it as murder after examination of the body showed a significant head injury.

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Body found in Lewes park. Picture: Peter Cripps

A 41-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested in Lewes this morning on suspicion of murder, police confirmed. He remained in custody at 12 noon.

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Detective Chief Inspector Chris Friday, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘Sadly, early indications are that the body had been at the location for some time, possibly since mid-October.

‘We believe that we know who the woman was and her next-of-kin have now been informed.

Body found in Lewes park. Picture: Peter Cripps

‘We are very keen to hear from anyone who may be missing a green wheelie-bin or who may have seen it lying in undergrowth at the scene over the last few weeks, but thought no more of it.

‘There were a considerable number of people in the area for one of the Bonfire Night firework displays and we would particularly like to hear from them if they saw anything.

‘We would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen someone wheeling a bin in the area of Landport Road, Stansfield Road, Arundel Green or nearby at any time over the last three to four weeks.

‘Please report online or call 101 quoting Operation Stafford. We will continue to work at the scene over the next few days and local officers will be conducting house-to-house enquiries in the area. If you have any information or concerns, please feel free to speak to them.’

Police said a post-mortem is due to be carried out today to establish the exact cause of death.