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Folkestone: Investigation launched after man dies in harbour attack

By KentOnline reporter

Forensic officers remain at the scene of a suspected murder in Folkestone. 

Police were called just before 2.30am to reports that a man in his 50s had been found with serious injuries near the harbour.

Paramedics rushed to the scene but were unable to save him and he was pronounced dead.

Forensic officers at the scene. Picture Tony Flashman

Forensic officers at the scene. Picture: Tony Flashman

The man has not yet been identified and inquiries into the circumstances behind his death are ongoing. 

Officers arrested a 56-year-old man from Folkestone in connection with the incident at 5.30am. He remains in custody.

Police have since confirmed he was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police at the scene. Picture Tony Flashman

Police at the scene. Picture: Tony Flashman

At midday today, forensic officers were seen outside The George pub.

A police cordon stretches around the nearby fountain, covering the pub and Chummy's fish bar.   

Marine Parade close to the harbour also remains closed. 

The fountain by the harbour has been taped off. Picture Tony Flashman

The fountain by the harbour has been taped off. Picture: Tony Flashman

Officers at the scene. Picture Tony Flashman

Officers at the scene. Picture: Tony Flashman

The investigation is being handled by detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

Police at the scene in Folkestone shortly after 6am

Police at the scene in Folkestone shortly after 6am

Witnesses or anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting reference 19-0176.

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