A young man's body has been found at a popular Kemsley playing field this morning.
Kent Police were called to the recreation ground off Grovehurst Avenue at 9.15am.
Officers discovered the body of a man in his 30s, believed to be from the town.
A body was found on Grovehurst Recreation Ground in Kemsley. Picture: Andy Payton
He is understood to have been found hanged in woodland, which has been taped off.
One crew from Sittingbourne fire station was called to the scene to help police.
A police spokesman said the man's death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
No further details have been released about the circumstances in which he was found.
Police officers at the scene of the grim discovery in Kemsley. Picture: Andy Payton
Emergency services at Grovehurst Recreation Ground where a body was discovered. Picture: Andy Payton
A nearby resident, who asked not to be named, said they were aware something was going on as they could see people wearing high-visibility jackets in the field.
They said officers then started knocking on people's doors to find out if anyone had seen or heard anything.
A large-scale response from the emergency services saw at least five police cars and a fire engine at the scene.
Firefighters were also called to the discovery of a body in Kemsley woods. Picture: Andy Payton
Taped off areas at Grovehurst Recreation Ground where a body was found. Picture: Andy Payton
A Kent Police spokesman said officers were called at 9.15am to a "report of concern for welfare" in Kemsley.
She said: "On attendance, officers found the body of a deceased man in his 30s, believed to be from the town, in a public area in Grovehurst Road.
"The death is being treated as non-suspicious at this stage and a report will be duly prepared for the coroner."