Police say man's Sunderland cemetery death is not suspicious

The body of a man has been found in a Sunderland cemetery.

Wednesday, 25th January 2017, 2:11 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th January 2017, 2:17 pm
Bishopwearmouth Cemetery

The grim find was made in Bishopwearmouth Cemetery, between Chester Road and Hylton Road, this morning.

A man was walking his dog in the area when he saw the body of a man.

He said: “I just took my dog for a walk like I do every morning when I saw a worker looking at something.

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“It was a man in his 30s or 40s and he was hanging from a tree.

“The police weren’t around when I got there so I tried to keep people who were walking past away from the area.

“It’s not something you want to see.”

A police spokeswoman confirmed a body had been found but said the death was not being treated as suspicious: “Police received a report of concern for a man in Bishopwearmouth Cemetery this morning.

“Officers attended and found the body of a man in his 40s. There is not believed to be any third party involvement and a report will be prepared for the coroner.”