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Man kicked to death: Three quizzed

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THREE men are today being questioned by detectives in connection with the murder of Lee Harvey whose body was found on an industrial estate at Broadstairs at the weekend.

Mr Harvey, also known as Lee Grimes, was kicked to death. The three men were arrested yesterday and held at Margate police station overnight. They are a man of 25 from Cliftonville, a man of 36 from Margate, and a 25-year-old man from Margate.

It has emerged that Mr Harvey, 30, who lived at Chichester Road, Ramsgate, was a former cleaner at Ellington High School, Ramsgate. Staff there described him as kind and caring. He was unmarried and is believed to have been a carer with a sick mother.

His body was found by a member of the public on the Dane Valley industrial estate, near Lambert’s commercial MOT test centre, at about 10.30am last Saturday morning.

A post mortem examination carried out by a Home Office pathologist found that he died from multiple injuries concentrated on the head, believed to have been caused by feet. No weapon was thought to have been used.

Det Supt Bob Nelson, the officer in charge of the investigation, said that Mr Harvey’s car, a blue Ford Orion with the registration number H553 EOR, was found burned out near his body.

Detectives want to speak to anyone who saw the car between 9.45pm and 11.20pm on Friday, April 26. They also want to talk to anyone in the industrial estate area between those times. Det Supt Nelson said it was difficult to say whether Mr Harvey was killed at the site or whether his body had been dumped there.

“We are keeping an open mind and looking at all the options,” he said. Police forensic experts were combing the scene for clues yesterday while their colleagues conducted house-to-house inquiries on the Millmead estate and other homes with a clear view onto the scene.

Anyone with any information is asked to ring the incident room on 01843 222216 or the free and confidential Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111.

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