A POLICE probe was launched after a dog walker discovered the body of a man on a beach in Hartlepool.
Cleveland Police launched an investigation into the grim discovery of the man – who is believed to be aged in his 50s – in the Blue Lagoon area of Seaton Carew beach.
Emergency services were called to the scene after a dog walker spotted him on the sand around 7.40am.
Police and ambulance crews made their way to the scene – between Hartlepool Power Station and the jetty towards Seaton Carew – where the body was discovered.
Paramedics placed the man on a stretcher and carried him into a waiting ambulance ahead of a postmortem examination which was held yesterday.
Police and scenes of crime officers searched the area for clues which might help with their investigation.
Officers trawled their missing persons files and inquired with neighbouring forces.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Police were called at around 7.40am to a report of a body discovered on the beach at Hartlepool by a dog walker.
“A postmortem was carried out this afternoon on the man, who was in his 50s, and police are satisfied there are no suspicious circumstances and are no longer investigating the incident.”
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said: “This was an incident where unfortunately the individual was deceased.
“As the body was in a public place, on a beach, we moved it to the mortuary.”
An inquest, which will determine the circumstances surrounding the man’s death, is expected to be opened by Hartlepool Coroner Malcolm Donnelly in the coming days.
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