BREAKING NEWS: Police identify body found on Eastbourne beach


A woman whose body was found on Eastbourne beach on Wednesday morning (May 27) has been formally identified.

Police have today revealed the identity of the woman as Gloria Jones, an 80-year-old woman living in St. Emmanuel House, on Darley Road in Meads.

Her body was found by a member of the public at around 6am on Wednesday on the beach between Holywell and the Wish Tower.

At the time, a Sussex Police spokesperson said, “At 5.53am police were called to the beach between Holywell and the Wish Tower on Eastbourne seafront where a passer-by had seen a woman’s body at the water’s edge.

“It was found at a point roughly opposite the junction of Bolsover Road with the B2105 King Edward’s Parade, about an hour before high water.

“Police were joined by HM Coastguard and the area was cordoned off while the body - that of a woman believed to be in her late 60s or early 70s and dressed in a navy blue anorak and trousers - was recovered.”

The woman is believed to have been in the water but only for a short time. Police have said there are no suspicious circumstances and a post mortem is due to take place early next week.