Exceat death: Pensioner arrested on suspicion of murder released on bail

The scene at Exceat
The scene at Exceat

A woman who was arrested on suspicion of the murder of an elderly man whose body was found at the Seven Sisters Country Park on Friday morning has been released on police bail.

The 78-year-old woman from Croydon, who is known to the victim, has been bailed until October 10.

Police were called at 2.30am by the ambulance service and discovered the body of the man, on a pathway leading to the sea.

The man has not yet been formally identified by the next of kin.

Acting DCI John Farmer, from the Major Crime Team, said, “We are continuing to investigate this tragic incident and are appealing to anyone who was in the country park on Thursday afternoon or evening of September 5 and may have seen an elderly couple behaving unusually or what would appear to be out of character.

“We also believe they were staying in Brighton so would like to hear from anyone who was on a bus travelling from the city to the Seven Sisters area and who saw an elderly couple get off at this location.”

The incident led to the car park at Exceat being closed, along with the park to the east side of the old river meanders, while investigations were carried out but the area was re-opened yesterday (Saturday).