Leysdown beach murder investigation widened to London

Gary Pocock Gary Pocock was known to spend a lot of time on the Isle of Sheppey

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Investigations into the murder of a man on an Isle of Sheppey beach are being widened to London, police have said.

The partially naked body of Gary Pocock was found in Leysdown on Wednesday, between the Little Groves caravan site and Isle of Sheppey Holiday Village.

Kent Police said the 34-year-old, from London, had suffered a "vicious attack". A post-mortem examination found he died of head injuries.

Three people arrested last week have been released without charge.

'Progress made'

Det Ch Insp Jon Clayden said progress was being made in the investigation.

"We've made great progress with it from the start - we were oblivious as to who actually Gary was for two days.

Friends and family of Gary Pocock on the beach at Leysdown Friends and family of Gary Pocock paid tribute to him in a vigil on the beach where his body was found

"Our inquiries now extend beyond this island, and extend into east London.

"We've got significant resources that are being employed to understand more and more, but each day that passes we make progress."

Police have said Mr Pocock was known to spend a lot of time on the Isle of Sheppey.

On Sunday night his friends and family held a prayer vigil where he was found.

Matt Terry described his friend as a "genuinely good person" and "a unique guy".

Officers 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.

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