Dead man found by walkers

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INQUIRIES are being carried out to identify a body found underneath a busy bridge in a former pit community.

Durham Police launched a probe after the body was discovered by a group of shocked dog walkers yesterday lunchtime.

The discovery was made under a bridge above the A1086 Coast Road, between Horden and Blackhall.

An area was cordoned off at an underpass close to Horden’s Cotsford Park Estate.

Police are not looking for anyone else in relation to the death.

A force spokesman said: “Police are carrying out inquiries after the body of a man was found under a bridge over the A1086 Horden to Blackhall road.

“We received a call at about 1.15pm yesterday after a group of walkers came across the body.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.”