The body of a man believed to be in his 30s was found in Shoreditch Park this morning.
Police were called at around 7:45am on Saturday, 15 November to a report of the body of an unresponsive male found in the park.
Police proceeded to cordon off the area and close the park to the public.
Following resuscitation attempts witnessed by residents, the man was taken to the the Royal London hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Residents took to twitter following the incident:
Yikes, what’s going on in Shoreditch Park?! Police tape everywhere and what looks like a forensics tent in the middle #hackney
— Kathryn James (@KathJames11) November 15, 2014
Danielle Molinari, who lives on the nearby New Era estate, said: “It’s really frightening. Shoreditch Park is open all the time, 24 hours a day. It’s worrying at night.”
Another local resident, Alex Doughty, said: “This is the first time I have seen the park like that. The Park was closed off and police community support officers were guarding the entrance; with proper coppers in the middle of the park.”
Police are not treating the death as suspicious, and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course.
Officers believe they know the identity of the dead man, and next of kin have been informed. However, formal identification has yet to take place.
Shoreditch Park was reopened by 2:00pm on Saturday.