Leysdown beach attack man 'beaten to death'

Ring the victim was wearing
Image caption Kent Police released an image of a ring the man was wearing in a bid to identify him

A man whose partially naked body was found on a beach in Kent died from severe head injuries following a "vicious attack", police have said.

The body, which was stripped from the waist down, was found between the Little Groves caravan site and Isle of Sheppey Holiday Village, in Leysdown.

A post-mortem examination showed the man, aged in his 30s or 40s, suffered "significant head injuries".

He has not yet been identified.

Detectives released an image of a silver ring with a dragon design the man was wearing on his wedding finger in the hope that someone might recognise it.

'Intent to kill'

Det Ch Insp John Clayden said: "We simply don't know who he is. The actual degree of beating that he has had is significant because it's all over his body.

"He's clearly been beaten with an implement of some description."

On Wednesday, Mr Clayden said it "immediately became apparent" to officers they were dealing with a murder investigation.

Image caption Police officers have been taking witness statements from people at the nearby holiday parks

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

Detectives want to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything near the beach between 20:00 BST on Tuesday and 06:00 BST on Wednesday when the body was found.

The force said officers were stationed at the Warden Bay village hall "24/7" so potential witnesses could report anything they had seen or heard.

Officers have also been taking witness statements at the nearby holiday parks in a bid to find out more about the incident.

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