Lee Balkwell was found dead in a cement mixer

Officers bail the five people arrested in connection with Lee Balkwell death investigation

Thursday, January 24, 2013
6.45 PM

The five people arrested in connection with the investigation into the death of Lee Balkwell who was crushed in a cement mixer at an Upminster farm ten years ago have been released on bail.

In November a 43 year-old man, from Upminster, was arrested on suspicion of gross negligence, manslaughter, perverting the course of justice and perjury; while a 66-year-old man, a 63-year-old woman and another woman aged 49, all from Upminster; and a 38-year-old man from Southend. were also arrested for perverting the course of justice and perjury.

Lee, 33, was found dead between the drum and chasis of a cement mixer at Baldwin’s Farm, Dennises Lane, on July 18 2002.

An inquest in 2008 returned a verdict of unlawful killing through gross negligence.

The arrests were carried out by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate (SCD)who have been investigating the circumstances leading up to Lee’s death since August 2010.

Those arrested have all been released on police bail until a date in April.