Body found in bin at Lewes park: here’s what we know so far

A body was discovered in a bin at Landport Recreation Ground in Lewes yesterday – here’s what we know so far.

Thursday, 14th November 2019, 12:57 pm
Officers at the scene in Lewes yesterday. Picture: Peter Cripps

Officers were called to the recreation ground in Landport Road at just after 12.30pm, after the body was discovered by a passer-by.

The death is being treated as unexplained, Sussex Police has confirmed today, and officers remain in the area today conducting an investigation.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Police are in attendance at a recreation ground off Landport Road, Lewes, following the discovery of a body in a bin reported by a passer-by shortly after 12.30pm on Wednesday (November 13).

“The death is currently being treated as unexplained and enquiries are being made to identify the body and trace next of kin.”

A Lewes Town Council spokesman said the council was shocked by the discovery.

“The council is understandably shocked and we understand the feelings among the public,” said a spokesman.

They added: “We are confident that the police investigation will be carried out professionally and we all look forward to the reassurance of eventually learning more facts.”

Police at the scene in Lewes. Picture: Peter Cripps

The death has sparked an outpouring of grief on social media. Resident Denise Welch said on Facebook that it was ‘so sad’.

Amy Fosberry also said: “Wish I stayed in Peacehaven now – it’s the local park, could of been anything though. Time will tell I guess.”

The Express understands the body was discovered by a dog walker and that the the police are treating the investigation as a potential murder enquiry, a standard procedure in an unexplained death.

Picture: Peter Cripps