Police have launched a potential murder investigation after a body was found at a beauty spot near Broadclyst on Wednesday morning (August 12).
The body – believed to be a man – was found by a dog walker in Paradise Copse, near Ashclyst Forest, at around 11.30am.
A large police cordon has been put in place in areas of woodland and fields, close to where the body was found, with on-scene officers standing guard.
Plain-clothed and uniformed police were still on-scene by late afternoon, while initial enquiries were carried out.
It is expected officers will remain at the scene until tonight, with the area cordoned off to the public.
Residents in the Broadclyst area can expect to see an increased police presence over the next few days while enquiries are conducted, and officers have asked for patience from the community.
Anyone with information that could help officers with the police investigation is asked to call 999.
Senior Investigating Officer Superintendent Roy Linden said: “At this time this is being treated as a potential homicide.
“However, we are in the early stages of this investigation and are working to establish the circumstances of the incident.
“We hope to be in a position to issue further details surrounding this incident shortly and ask for the patience of the local residents while we conduct our enquiries.
“The residents of Broadclyst can expect to see an increased police presence in the area for the next few days.”
Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were notified at around 11.30am, following a report that a body had been discovered by a dog walker in Paradise Copse, near Broadclyst, in East Devon – a popular woodland beauty spot.
If you have information to help police, call on 999, quoting log 420 of 12/08/20.[asp_product id=”17531″]