Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Body found on Hayling Island beach still not identified

A body of a man found washed up on a Hampshire beach has still not been identified, police have said.

A member of the public discovered the decomposed body on New Year's Day on Hayling Island.

Police are now carrying out investigations to see if the man had links to either Kent or Sussex.

The body is that of a white man, aged in his 50s, about 6ft 5in, of stocky build with tattoos, including a skull wearing a Native American headdress.

Police said the man had crew-cut receding grey hair and was wearing a set of dentures on the upper right portion of his mouth.

Skull and crossbones

He was dressed in a black T-shirt, Easy-brand jeans and brown Chelsea-style boots in European size 44 (UK size 9.5), and was wearing a black plastic Casio digital watch.

Among the tattoos was a skull and crossbones on his right upper arm, a dagger through a heart with scrolls top and bottom with the words "mum & dad" on his lower inside right arm and an eagle head with a scroll reading "Eric".

On his right forearm there was a bird tattoo, on the upper part of his left arm there was a tattoo of the Welsh feathers with the words "Forever Wales" and on the lower left arm a black panther, a skull, horns and a face.

The man's death is being treated as unexplained.

A post-mortem examination has been conducted and police are awaiting test results.

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