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Lea Williams murder: Police revisit Hove killing site

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

Police investigating the brutal murder of a homeless man near Hove seafront are revisiting the scene in an attempt to gather vital new evidence.

Lea Williams, 45, was found battered to death next to a pitch-and-putt course near Western Esplanade on 11 February.

Exactly a week on they are handing out flyers at the spot where he died in the hope of finding new information.

Det Insp Wendy Burton said: "His killer [or killers] must be caught and brought to justice."

Image caption Police are handing out leaflets in the area where his body was found

Mr Williams, who was originally from Hastings, was well known to organisations which help rough sleepers in Brighton and Hove.

'Brutal, sustained' attack

His bloodstained body was found by community workers from a homeless project at about 20:30 GMT.

A post-mortem examination showed he had suffered severe head and face injuries and multiple rib fractures in what police described as a "brutal, vicious and sustained attack" with a heavy object.

Mr Williams was last seen the previous morning, 10 February.

Det Insp Burton added: "Detectives and local neighbourhood officers have been working round the clock to find his killer/killers.

"I cannot stress enough how important it is for anyone who knew Lea, or knows why someone would want to inflict such horrendous injuries on him, to please get in touch."

Mr Williams, who was 5ft 9in (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.

Police hope their presence at the pitch-and-putt course will jog the memories of people who might have heard or seen suspicious activity, but not thought it relevant at the time.

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