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Tuesday December 01

Murdered homeless man named

13 February 2013

Lea Williams, 45, originally from Hastings has been formally identified as the person whose body was found in an archway next to Hove pitch and putt on Monday 11 February.
A post mortem has revealed that Lea died from severe injuries to his face and head caused by a heavy object. Other injuries to his body included multiple fractures to his ribs.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Pollard who is leading the investigation said: "Lea suffered a brutal, vicious and sustained attack causing multiple injuries to his face, head and body. We need to find whoever did this to him and bring them to justice - they should not be allowed to get away with this. Please get in touch if you have any information about Lea or his attacker(s). I know some parts of the community may not feel comfortable contacting the police but I can assure you that your call will be dealt with in strict confidence.

"We believe Lea was living in Hove for about a year and had a few friends within the homeless community but on the whole he was quite a private person. He was an alcoholic and his home for the last year was an archway under the promenade that looked onto the pitch and putt course. He was a regular at the Thursday night soup kitchen next to the Peace Statue adjacent to Hove Lawns and bought his beer from the Londis convenience store next to the Alibi pub on Kingsway.  

"The time of the attack has not been established but we believe he may have been last seen on Sunday (10 February) morning. His body was then found by local project workers at 8.30pm on Monday 11 February.

"Someone, somewhere, has information that could help us catch the person responsible for this terrible crime. Did you know Lea? Did you see him prior to his body being found? Do you know of any reason why someone would want to kill him? Please call 101 quoting Op Depot or alternatively leave an anonymous message with the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Lea was 5' 9" of slim build with short brown hair, brown beard and had a distinctive barbed wire tattoo across his collar bone.



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