Essex

Colchester Castle Park closed for murder investigation

Lower Castle Park, Colchester
Image caption The victim was found in Lower Castle Park about 05:45 GMT

A man found with serious head injuries in a Colchester park has died.

The man, in his 30s, was discovered in the town's Lower Castle Park by a member of the public about 05:45 GMT, police said.

When paramedics arrived at 05:50 he was unconscious and in cardiac arrest. The man was pronounced dead at 06:30.

The park is closed and a police cordon has been established near Wakefield Close. Detectives said the man is believed to be local.

Police are making house-to-house inquiries on the Riverside estate.

Image caption Forensic teams are working in the park about 100m from Wakefield Close

Richard Smith from BBC Essex, who is at the scene, said: "The Essex Police helicopter has been circling Castle Park and the Riverside Estate near the park's eastern end.

"Police have erected a white tent about 100m from Wakefield Close while officers carry out forensic investigations."

Image caption A police helicopter has been circling Lower Castle Park as part of the investigation

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