Man’s body found near picnic lay-by

Police investigate early morning A39 discovery

POLICE have found a man’s body near a lay-by on the A39 near Barnstaple.

The deceased was discovered in woodland by the Rooks Bridge picnic area at around 6.20am today (Thursday).

Suspicion was aroused after patrol officers noticed an abandoned vehicle with the keys still inside.

The toilet area on the Barnstaple to Bideford side of the road has been completely cordoned off to enable investigations to take place.


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A police spokesperson said: “Police are investigating to establish the circumstances and are keeping an open mind at this time.”

Check back here for more information as we have it.

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