UPDATE: Body found on Portland

Body found on Portland at West Weares

Body found on Portland at West Weares

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THE body of a man has been found on Portland.

Police said the body of a man in his 70s was discovered near Chesil Beach on Wednesday evening.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner is now investigating.

The man was found in a tent near to Quiddles Cafe. Police and paramedics were called to the scene at around 7pm.

A spokeswoman for Dorset Police said: "At 7.08pm, on Wednesday August 6, police attended a report of a man in his 70s who had passed away in a tent on the Esplanade on Portland.

"We don't know where he's from but now it's a matter for the coroner.

"It's not being treated as suspicious."

A spokesman for the Coroner's Office said: “There's been no identification done yet. We also haven't had the post mortem done so we are not quite sure what the cause of death is.

“The post mortem is due to be done on Monday.”

Upon hearing the news, Portland Mayor Cllr Rob Hughes said: "It's very sad when anyone is found dead, suspicious circumstances or not."

Cllr Hughes, who represents the Underhill ward, said his thoughts remained with the man's family.

He added: "We think of them in these times."

Angie Barnes, an outreach worker at Soul Food, said: “It doesn't appear to be anyone we know at Soul Food.

“Whoever it is, it is a dreadful discovery. Our thoughts go out to his family whoever he might be.

“It really is sad. My thoughts go out to them all.”

Soul Food is a Weymouth charity that supports the homeless. It feeds up to 140 people during four shifts a week with Angie coming into contact with hundreds more through her outreach work.

The charity also provides shower facilities, free clothing and a nurse and mental health worker attends weekly.

Angie added: “I hope his family find some peace and some solace.”

Cllr Rodney Wild, who represents the Underhill ward, said it was a shock for everybody.

He said: “I'm very sad to hear the news. I wouldn't want it to happen to anyone.”

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2:35pm Fri 8 Aug 14

munchkini72 says...

The man was my Uncle, he was holidaying in his favourite childhood destination of Portland, where his Grandfather used to live. The family home has long gone, but he used to visit regularly either staying at youth hostels or camping. My thoughts are with my Aunt and cousins. We are taking comfort from him dying in a place he loved.
The man was my Uncle, he was holidaying in his favourite childhood destination of Portland, where his Grandfather used to live. The family home has long gone, but he used to visit regularly either staying at youth hostels or camping. My thoughts are with my Aunt and cousins. We are taking comfort from him dying in a place he loved. munchkini72
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3:23pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Sezza1 says...

munchkini72 wrote:
The man was my Uncle, he was holidaying in his favourite childhood destination of Portland, where his Grandfather used to live. The family home has long gone, but he used to visit regularly either staying at youth hostels or camping. My thoughts are with my Aunt and cousins. We are taking comfort from him dying in a place he loved.
Thoughts are with you and you're family x
[quote][p][bold]munchkini72[/bold] wrote: The man was my Uncle, he was holidaying in his favourite childhood destination of Portland, where his Grandfather used to live. The family home has long gone, but he used to visit regularly either staying at youth hostels or camping. My thoughts are with my Aunt and cousins. We are taking comfort from him dying in a place he loved.[/p][/quote]Thoughts are with you and you're family x Sezza1
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8:14pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Dawnie darling says...

This man was my dad he loved Portland and had many fond memories as his grandparents had lived there, dad loved being out in the open and spent as much time as possible there when he felt well enough. We all as a family take great comfort that dad died peacefully in the place he loved overlooking his favourite sight. He was a fantastic dad to us three and a loving husband and he will be sadly missed by all his family.****
This man was my dad he loved Portland and had many fond memories as his grandparents had lived there, dad loved being out in the open and spent as much time as possible there when he felt well enough. We all as a family take great comfort that dad died peacefully in the place he loved overlooking his favourite sight. He was a fantastic dad to us three and a loving husband and he will be sadly missed by all his family.**** Dawnie darling
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11:18am Mon 11 Aug 14

Georgia Barras says...

My family and myself are so sorry to hear of the passing of this gentleman and a true gentleman he was. We met him last year while camping on the Island, as we had many times before. We spent many nights sat around our little camp fire sharing stories and meals together. We swapped addresses and christmas cards He spoke very fondly of his wife and grown up children. His greatest passion among many was the mighty Spurs, a team he had followed all his life. Being Chelsea supporters, this was always a hot topic of debate among the camp. In fact we have a few sneaky photo,s of him sat beneath our Chelsea flag which we always fly wherever we are. Of course unbeknownst to him. In fact we have some lovely photo,s taken of him on his holiday last year. We were on the Island last week when we were told of his passing. We are truly saddened by this and our thoughts are with his family. If the family would like to have a copy of these photo,s. When you feel ready please get in touch. All our love and sympathies. Jo & Herbx
My family and myself are so sorry to hear of the passing of this gentleman and a true gentleman he was. We met him last year while camping on the Island, as we had many times before. We spent many nights sat around our little camp fire sharing stories and meals together. We swapped addresses and christmas cards He spoke very fondly of his wife and grown up children. His greatest passion among many was the mighty Spurs, a team he had followed all his life. Being Chelsea supporters, this was always a hot topic of debate among the camp. In fact we have a few sneaky photo,s of him sat beneath our Chelsea flag which we always fly wherever we are. Of course unbeknownst to him. In fact we have some lovely photo,s taken of him on his holiday last year. We were on the Island last week when we were told of his passing. We are truly saddened by this and our thoughts are with his family. If the family would like to have a copy of these photo,s. When you feel ready please get in touch. All our love and sympathies. Jo & Herbx Georgia Barras
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