Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hayling Island beach body: Death 'not suspicious'

Police are not treating as suspicious the death of a man whose body was found washed up on a Hampshire beach.

A member of the public discovered the decomposed body, which has still not been identified, on New Year's Day on Hayling Island.

Det Insp Scott Clarke said: "Following a post-mortem examination we have ruled out any suspicious circumstances".

The body is that of a white man, aged in his 50s, about 6ft 5in, of stocky build with tattoos.

Det Insp Clarke, from Hampshire Constabulary, added: "Once the man has been identified, we will pass a file to the coroner so a full inquest can take place."

Skull and crossbones

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

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, as well as an eagle head with a scroll reading "Eric" and a skull wearing a Native American headdress.

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 body is believed to have been in the water for up to a week and could have travelled some distance before being discovered.

Consequently police inquiries have been widened to include the coastline around Sussex, Kent, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset and Wales.

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