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Leysdown beach death man suffered 'vicious attack'

A man whose body was found on a beach on the Isle of Sheppey had been subjected to a "vicious attack", police have said.

The body was found between the Little Groves caravan site and Isle of Sheppey Holiday Village, in Leysdown, at 06:00 BST.

Details of his injuries are not known but Det Ch Insp John Clayden said there was a clear intent to kill.

A post-mortem examination was due to take place on Wednesday night.

The man is yet to be identified.

'Knew his attacker'

Det Ch Insp Clayden said: "Immediately it became apparent we were dealing with a murder investigation.

"The injuries that had been sustained were clearly caused by other parties.

"It was a vicious attack that had been subjected to the gentleman, clearly with the intent to kill him."

Police would be at caravan parks in Sheppey on Wednesday night with other officers at Warden Bay village hall "24/7" so potential witnesses could report anything they had seen or heard, he added.

"The gravity of the assault suggested that it was someone who was known to the assailant, or assailants, and on that basis no-one should really be concerned about their own personal safety," Det Ch Insp Clayden added.

Police want to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything near the beach between 20:00 BST on Tuesday and when the body was found.

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