Berkshire deputy mayor 'shocked' at body find on farm

Colin Rayner
Image caption Councillor Colin Rayner lives at Berkyn Manor Farm in Berkshire

The deputy mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead has spoken of his shock at the discovery of a body at his farm.

Police said the corpse, found on Friday, could have been in the Hounslow field for several months.

Councillor Colin Rayner, who owns the 100-acre Feltham Hill Farm, learned of the body after an employee drove over it in a combine harvester.

"At first I thought it was a rolled up mattress. We're in deep shock at the farm," he said.

"We are very sorry for the family of the dead person."

The body was discovered while harvesting a crop of rape.

Police investigating

Mr Rayner lives at Berkyn Manor Farm in Horton, but also owns farmland in London, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Essex.

Police were called to the farm in Feltham following the discovery on Friday evening.

A police spokesman said the person had yet to be identified and appealed for help from the public.

He said the deceased was wearing a checked shirt, pale blue tracksuit trousers over jeans and black Dr Martens boots.

The results of a post-mortem examination are expected later.

Officers from Hounslow, with the assistance of the homicide and serious crime command, are investigating but the death is not being treated as a murder at this stage.

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