Body of man found on Brighton beach

Beach cordoned off after man's body found

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Man's body found on Brighton beach

A man's body has been found on Brighton beach.

A section of the beach was cordoned off after a member of the public made the discovery at the Volks Railway and Brighton Wheel area on the busy Marina Parade at 9.25am on Sunday morning.

Police said it was too early to say how the man died or whether his death was suspicious, reports the BBC.

A spokesman for Sussex Police told the Mirror: "Officers are trying to identify the person.

"We have missing persons in the force area at present and we will be checking those to see if this is connected.

"The body is a male believed to be middle-aged."

The news comes as hundreds of holidaymakers flocked to the area to enjoy the last weekend of the summer holidays.

According to the Argus, the body was taken away by the coroner at around 12.30pm, an hour and a half before high tide.

One beachgoer told the paper: "It is awful to hear about this. We are just here for the day and you do not expect it – such a terrible thing."

It is thought witnesses saw a hand and head among the pebbles as specialist police search teams and the Shoreham Coastguard worked together to move the body.

It has not been confirmed whether the man had been buried in the shingle or floating in the surf when he was found.

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