AN investigation is under way after the body of a man was found in a wooded area.
A man aged in his late 30s was found in Peterlee Dene, close to Peterlee Memorial Methodist Church, in Bede Way.
Emergency services rushed to the area at around 9.30am yesterday and quickly cordoned off the scene.
Police are not treating the man’s death as suspicious and inquiries are being conducted on behalf of Durham coroner Andrew Tweddle.
One 60-year-old woman from Hartlepool, who was shopping in Peterlee at the time of the police activity, said: “I saw three police cars and an ambulance there.
“It was all cordoned off in the dene with blue tape. That’s when I presumed it was a body that had been found.”
A Durham Police spokeswoman said: “Police are carrying out an investigation after the body of a man was found yesterday morning.
“Officers called to the dene found what is believed to be the body of a man in his late 30s.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a post-mortem examination is expected in the next couple of days.
“The coroner has been informed and police are continuing to carry out inquiries on his behalf.”
Anyone with information that may help police piece together the man’s last moments should call 0345 6060365.