Body part of man found on beach in Great Yarmouth

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A body part belonging to Colin Wood, 53, was found on a beach in Great Yarmouth - Credit: Norfolk Police

Police have launched an investigation after a man's body part washed up on a beach in Great Yarmouth.

A fisherman made the grim discovery close to Wellington Pier in the early hours of May 4, last week.

Officers have carried out DNA tests on the body part and have identified it as belonging to a 53-year-old Colin Wood who lived in the town.

They have launched an investigation into his death which they are currently treating as unexplained.

Detectives say Mr Wood had limited contact with his family and friends in recent months and are appealing for information from anyone who knew him.

They have released a photo of Mr Wood in the hope that it could jog someone's memory.

Police were called to the scene at about 1.30am last Wednesday.

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They recovered the remains which were taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston.

A Home Office post-mortem examination was completed and Mr Wood's family informed.

Detective Chief Inspector Holly Evans, who is leading the enquiry, said: “We are keen to understand how Mr Wood came to be in the water and would like to hear from anyone who may have known him or has information which could help with our enquiries.

“We know that Mr Wood lived in the Great Yarmouth area. He’d had limited contact with friends and family in recent months and as a result we’ve released a photograph of Mr Wood in the hope it could help jog someone’s memory if they’d seen him.”

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Great Yarmouth CID on 101 quoting incident reference number 37/27025/22 or via the Norfolk Police website.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers completely anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via the website.