Body Found On Hove Seafront

Detectives have released a photograph of murdered homeless man Lea Williams and would like the person who took the photograph to get in touch.

The photograph was part of a bundle found next to Lea's body on Monday 11 February in an archway overlooking the pitch and putt, where he had been living for the past year.

Detective Inspector Wendy Burton from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: "We would really like to speak to the person who took this photograph as they may have taken others or have information that could help with our enquiries.

"The exact date that the photograph was taken is not known but it was printed locally in October 2012. I'm hoping that as the photograph shows Lea in the 'bat caves' with three other men it may also jog some people's memory who knew him and have not yet come forward. Although Lea was quite a private person, he did have some friends and was known to staff from the many homeless projects in the area. Everyone is devastated by his brutal death and want justice for him. If you knew Lea, or you are the person who took this photograph, then please call 101 quoting Op Depot or alternatively leave an anonymous message with the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

The last reported sighting of Lea was on the morning of Sunday 10 February in the archway/'bat caves'. His body was found at 8.30pm on Monday 11 February. There have been no arrests, no murder weapon has been found and lines of enquiry are continuing to find out why someone wanted to harm him.


The scene on Hove seafront

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