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Mother on school run reportedly discovers body in alleyway off London Road in Southborough


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A mother walking her children to school reportedly found a man's body in an alleyway this morning.

The grim discovery was made around 7.30am off the London Road in Southborough.

A police spokesman said they first received reports of concerns for the man's welfare but he was pronounced dead at the scene after officers arrived.

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Police at the scene. Picture: Matthew Walker
Police at the scene. Picture: Matthew Walker
Police at the scene. Picture: Matthew Walker
Police at the scene. Picture: Matthew Walker

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

A cordon has been set up and forensic investigators are also at the scene.

A police spokesman said: "Officers have cordoned the area to investigate what happened."

Police at the scene. Picture: Matthew Walker
Police at the scene. Picture: Matthew Walker

The South East Coast Ambulance Service also received a call at 7.30am.

After receiving a report that a man had been found unconscious, with no pulse and not breathing, it sent one car and an ambulance paramedic to the scene.

They were joined at the scene by a community first responder but were unable to help the deceased and pronounced him dead.

The alleyway is surrounded by shops and other local businesses and the discovery left staff shocked and confused when they turned up for work.

Video: Police have cordoned off the alleyway

A worker from the Hospice in the Weald charity store said: "When I walked my dog past at about half past eight there was a lot of police there. A bit later forensics turned up.

"I don't know anymore than that, I can't see anything from the shop."

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