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Dad Ben Stone found dead in wooded area near Tivoli Road in Margate

By Katie Davis

A doting dad described as a "true gentleman" was found dead in a wooded area just 14 months after the death of his brother.

Touching tributes have poured in to scaffolding boss Ben Stone since he was found dead near Tivoli Road, Margate, yesterday afternoon.

The tragedy follows the death last April of his brother, Lee Thrumble.

Ben Stone with brother Lee Thrumble
Ben Stone with brother Lee Thrumble

Their little brother, Paul Cummins, has told of his heartache in a post shared hundreds of times on Facebook.

He wrote: "14 months, the loss of my two big brothers, my two biggest supporters.

"So important to talk to each other. No one's alone no matter how dark it feels and for every person you've got in your life is a reason to live.

"Ben was always my biggest fan, always my big bro.

"I pray there's something out there and Ben and Lee are together and at peace. With love comes pain and wish I'd done more.

"Rest easy big bro."

Close friend Danny Wisker took to Twitter and Instagram to pay a touching tribute.

The former Big Brother contestant wrote: "I’m sorry we failed you, I’m sorry life failed you, I’m sorry the system failed you.

Ben Stone and close friend Danny Wisker (12180338)
Ben Stone and close friend Danny Wisker (12180338)

"We all wish we could’ve done more to help you.

"Literally lost my right arm, you was my go to man whenever I needed someone.

"You always had my back, spoke highly of me, supported me throw (sic) anything I’ve done, cared & loved me.

"You treated my like a brother, I’ll be forever grateful for your friendship.

"I’m a broken man that you’ve gone but your memory’s will last forever.

"Until we meet again. Goodbye mate."

Police were called at about 1.30pm yesterday following a report that a body of a man in his 30s had been found.

A spokesman said: "Officers attended and the man's death is not being treated as suspicious.

"A report is being prepared for the Coroner."

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