Body found under bridge

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POLICE are investigating after a man’s body was found under a bridge.

Durham Police launched a probe after the body was discovered by a group of shocked dog walkers yesterday lunchtime.

The body of a man was found under a bridge above the A1086 Coast Road between Horden and Blackhall.

An area was cordoned off at an underpass close to Horden’s Cotsford Park Estate.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

A Durham Police spokesman said: “Police are carrying out inquiries after the body of a man was found under a bridge over the A1086 Horden to Blackhall road.

“We received a call at about 1.15pm yesterday after a group of walkers came across the body.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.”

A crew from Peterlee Fire Station was sent to the scene around 4.15pm, but did not take any action following problems with access to the area.

The man is not being identified at this stage.