Shock as body found in Victoria Park

The body was discovered in Victoria Park on Saturday morning. Pic: Toby Williams

The body was discovered in Victoria Park on Saturday morning. Pic: Toby Williams

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RESIDENTS in a quiet neighbourhood in the Capital have told of their shock after the body of a man was found in a city park.

The body was discovered close to a children’s play area in Victoria Park in the north of the city at around 7.30am on Saturday.

Police said the death of the man was being treated as “unexplained”.

Locals – who woke up to discover an extensive police cordon and tent set up next to their homes – said officers conducting door-to-door interviews had told them early indications were that the death was not suspicious. And they said police operations in the park, which is popular with families, joggers and dog-walkers, had ceased by late morning.

Tom Byrom, 43, a charity worker who lives next to the park, said: “Our reaction was one of shock – we heard nothing the night before so we were surprised to wake up and see police tape and an area of the park cordoned off.”

Police have not confirmed whether they are treating the death as suspicious and said that their investigation was ongoing.