Essex

Lee Balkwell to be exhumed in cement mixer death probe

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Media captionLee Balkwell's family maintain he was murdered

Detectives investigating the death of a man found in a cement mixer are to have his body exhumed.

The body of Lee Balkwell, 33, was found in the mixer lorry near Upminster in 2002.

Essex Police initially said the death was the result of an industrial accident but an inquest found he was unlawfully killed.

Mr Balkwell's father Les said the exhumation was "a necessary evil".

"I believe there is information held there, if it is still there, that can nail the people who ended my boy's life," he said.

Image caption The exhumation at Upminster Cemetery is expected to take place in just over one week's time

Last month, BBC News reported how the Balkwell family had filed a High Court claim against Essex Police alleging the investigation into the death breached human rights law.

The constabulary confirmed it had received the letter of claim.

The Balkwell family first lodged complaints against the police over its investigation in 2003.

Last year, the Independent Police Complaints Commission published a report which upheld almost 20 complaints made against the force by Les Balkwell, saying the initial Essex Police investigation was "seriously flawed".

Last November, five people were arrested in connection with a new investigation into his death.

They remain on police bail.

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