Po­lice dis­cover three bod­ies at Beachy Head

Daily Express - - FREDERICK FORSYTH - By David Pilditch

THREE bod­ies have been found at the foot of cliffs at a beauty spot.

The grue­some dis­cov­ery came af­ter re­ports some­one was seen plung­ing 500ft from the cliffs at Beachy Head, near East­bourne, East Sus­sex.

Po­lice, coast­guard and lifeboat crews re­cov­ered the bod­ies of two men and a woman. The deaths were not con­nected, not be­lieved to be sus­pi­cious and po­lice be­lieve the vic­tims may not have died on the same day.

Of­fi­cers were called to the cliffs at 3.30pm on Wednesday.

With the help of lifeboat crews they re­cov­ered the body of a 58-year-old man from Lon­don.

At 5pm, while the re­cov­ery op­er­a­tion was in progress, a sec­ond badly de­com­posed body, be­lieved to be that of a woman, was found nearby.

Forty min­utes later a third body, be­lieved to be that of an­other man from Lon­don, was dis­cov­ered some dis­tance away.

It was re­ported that a hunt was un­der way for a fourth per­son be­lieved to be miss­ing, but po­lice last night dis­missed those claims.

At more than 500ft, the fa­mous head­lands are home to the high­est chalk cliffs in Bri­tain. More than 300,000 peo­ple visit each year.

East­bourne Dis­trict Coun­cil re­cently banned fam­i­lies of sui­cide vic­tims leav­ing shrines at Beachy Head over fears it could en­cour­age more deaths. The coun­cil was crit­i­cised when it be­gan re­mov­ing mem­o­ra­bilia. How­ever, a spokesman said any me­men­toes would be stored for a month so they could be col­lected by fam­ily mem­bers.

A po­lice spokesman said: “Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter three bod­ies were found at the foot of cliffs at Beachy Head on Wednesday.

“None of the deaths is linked and there would ap­pear to be no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.”

The dis­tinc­tive cliffs at Beachy Head

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