Sussex

Hove pitch and putt murder: Several sightings of victim

Lee Williams
Image caption Lee Williams had been living in an archway in Hove for about a year

Detectives working to piece together the last movements of a homeless man found murdered in Hove have had several sightings reported by the public.

Sussex Police have released a second photograph of Lee Williams in a bid to jog people's memories.

Det Ch Insp Ian Pollard said it showed him wearing glasses which significantly changed his appearance.

Mr Williams, 45, was found dead next to the Hove pitch and putt, near Western Esplanade, on Monday.

Police believe he had been living in Hove for about a year.

Mr Williams had suffered severe head and face injuries and multiple rib fractures in a "brutal, vicious and sustained attack" with a heavy object, police said.

Officers have not established the time of the attack but believe Mr Williams was last seen on Sunday morning.

Barbed wire tattoo

"I'm aware that this brutal crime will have shocked local residents and in particular, the homeless community," Det Ch Insp Pollard said.

He urged rough sleepers who had concerns to talk to officers or the homeless charities and support networks across Brighton and Hove.

Mr Williams, who was 5ft 9ins (1.7m), with short brown hair and a brown beard, had a barbed wire tattoo across his collar bone and often wore glasses with very thick lenses, officers said.

People who recognise Mr Williams have been urged to contact the force.

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