Everything we know so far after body discovered in pond at Haslam Park in Preston

The body of a man was discovered in the pond at Haslam Park this morning, sparking a huge police and ambulance service presence in the area.

Monday, 9th July 2018, 12:42 pm
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 4:55 pm
A body was sadly recovered from the pond in Haslam Park

Eyewitnesses reported sirens and blue lights flashing as fire engines, police and ambulances responded to the tragic discovery at around 5.30am on Monday.

Parts of the park were cordoned off while Crime Scene Investigators scoured the area looking for potential evidence.

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Body found in Haslam Park in Preston

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A body was sadly recovered from the pond in Haslam Park

Police say the death is not currently believed to be suspicious.

A spokesman for the police said in a statement: "At around 5.30am on Monday the body of a man was found in a pond at Haslam Park in Preston.

"Police are currently at the scene.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage and a file will be prepared for the coroner."

Police say the man, who has not yet been identified, was believed to be in his 30s and was recovered with the help of the fire service.

Fire services say they sent two crews from Fulwood and Penwortham together with the water unit from Preston after police requested their assistance.

A fire service spokesman said: "Our Water Rescue Team and two fire engines attended Haslam Park.

"Our crews retrieved the man on behalf of the police."

Crews spent around 20 minutes at the scene.

Ambulance services confirmed they sent an ambulance and a rapid response vehicle to the scene but were not required to take anybody to hospital.

Tributes flooded-in to the Lancashire Post via social media with many readers expressing concern for the man's family.

Reader Sarah Louise said in a post: "Very sad. Happening too often these days.. thoughts with all concerned."

Barbara Whalley simply said: "Sadness for some poor family."