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UPDATE: Man's body found in Gravesend as police confirm incident not being treated as suspicious

PUBLISHED: 12:46 23 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:10 23 June 2017

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The body was found on Thursday afternoon

The family of a man whose body was found in a Gravesend public garden on Thursday have been informed of his death.

The discovery was made before 12.30pm near Royal Pier Road close to the River Thames, we now understand the man, who is not being named by police, was in his 40s and from the town.

A police cordon was set up along the road and most of St Andrew’s Gardens, a grassy area on the banks of the river which features a statue of Second World War fighter pilot Mahinder Singh Pujji.

One eyewitness reported seeing the body being taken away from the scene and a large police presence around the site.

Forensic teams were also called at around 1.30pm, before the cordon was lifted at around 3pm.

A spokesperson from Kent Police confirmed: “Police officers and South East Coast Ambulance Service attended the scene where the death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage.

“The man has since been identified and his next of kin have been informed.

“A report will now be prepared for the coroner.”

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