Wednesday, 6.15pm update: The body of a man was found in an area of Peterborough parkland popular with walkers this morning (28 January).
The grim discovery was made in Ferry Meadows Country Park by a park ranger with the Nene Park Trust at 9.20am.
The entrance to Ferry Meadows from Milton Ferry bridge was closed for about three hours while police carried out their investigations.
A spokeswoman for Peterborough police said: “We received a call at 9.20am with reports of a sudden death in Ferry Hill, Castor.
“The body was discovered by a park ranger.’’
She said: “Police and ambulance attended the scene.
She added: “The body is that of a man in his 50s. His death has been confirmed as non-suspicious.
“The matter has now been passed to the coroner.
“The deceased’s next of kin have been spoken to by police however formal identifiction has not yet been carried out.”
Police have not released details of the man’s identity.
It is not clear how long the body had been at the site.
Teresa Wood, who is head of visitor services with Nene Park Trust, said: “The body was found by one of our rangers.
She said: “The entrance to the park from the Milton Ferry bridge was closed for about three hours while police attended.
“Obviously, the discovery was a shock for our ranger.
“But the ranger is okay now.”
A witness described how numerous police cars and forensic officers could be seen at the site.
He said: “The place was swarming with police. It is quite disturbing to see and no one really knows what has happened.”
The area is highly popular with walkers and families and is particularly busy at weekends.
The area where the man’s body was found was near a narrow lane that runs behind the park’s sailing lake – on the opposite shore to the Watersports Centre.