Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton's Riverside Park sealed off after body find

Police cordon
Image caption Police are investigating the scene in Riverside Park, Southampton

A large section of a park in Southampton has been cordoned off by police following the discovery of a man's body in a river.

Officers were initially sent to a report of gunshots in River Walk shortly after 01:00 BST.

They found cannabis being grown at a nearby property and also in a vehicle found abandoned.

The man's body was then found in the water at Riverside Park. It is not yet known if the incidents are connected.

Image caption Police have cordoned off a property in River Walk

Hampshire Constabulary said no arrests have yet been made and investigations in the area were likely to take several days.

Det Ch Insp Justin Torgout appealed for anyone who heard anything in the the early hours to come forward.

"Detectives are working hard to piece together the sequence of events that led to this man to being found in the water

"River Walk and Riverside Park remains cordoned off at this time and we understand this may concern those in the community.

"We ask that you are patient and give us time to ensure officers can complete an in-depth investigation," he added.

Image caption The police Water Search and Recovery Team has been carrying out investigations at Riverside Park

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