Essex

Cement mixer death: Four will not face charges

Les Balkwell
Image caption Lee Balkwell, 33, died in July 2002 at an Essex farm after suffering from multiple injuries

Four people will not be charged over the death of a man found with multiple injuries in a cement mixer at a farm in Essex in July 2002, police said.

The body of Lee Balkwell, 33, was found in a mixer lorry near Upminster, Essex.

Two men, aged 49 and 66, a woman, 63, from Upminster, and a man, 38, of Southend, were arrested in November 2012.

Essex Police said the four would not be charged in connection with the death following talks with the CPS.

The four had been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and perjury.

A 43-year-old man from Upminster, also arrested in November, has been re-bailed pending further inquiries in connection with investigations into gross negligence manslaughter, perjury and perverting the course of justice until mid-June.

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

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