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Man's body found in Durham City
AN investigation is underway after a man’s body was found near a North-East sports centre.
The discovery was made by a cyclist just before 8am today (Sunday) across the River Wear from the running track at Maiden Castle in Durham City.
His car, a black Landrover Discovery, has been recovered by officers from where it was parked at Old Elvet in the city.
A police cordon was thrown around the area and a crime scene tent was set up across the bridge for a forensic examination to take place.
Police said the death of the man was ‘unexplained’.
The discovery shocked people who use the area for walking dogs, running and cycling.
Toni Wilson, who brought her daughter to the centre to play hockey from Carlisle, Cumbria, said: “I got here at about 11am and it was all cordoned off and they were setting up a tent. There were policemen all over by the bridge, stopping people from going down the path ways.
“Whatever has happened is very sad. I do not envy the coppers having to tell the family about it.”
Emma Wrightson, 36, from Coxhoe, who was walking her dog there this afternoon, said: “It is awful for something like to happen here.
“It is a lovely quiet area but we do not know what has happened so it does make you feel a bit wary. It is devastating.”
Police are keen to trace anyone who may have seen the man prior to 8am.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are keen to build up a picture of his movements prior to his death. We would like to know why he was in the area and if he was alone.
“He was wearing blue tracksuit bottoms, trainers and a black running top. Maiden Castle is popular with runners, walkers and cyclists and would have been busy earlier this morning."
Anyone who thinks they may have seen someone who fits this description between Old Elvet and Maiden Castle between 7am and 8am today should call the police on 101, alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555-111.
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