BREAKING NEWS: Five arrested in Lee Balkwell death investigation
PUBLISHED: 12:08 14 November 2012 | UPDATED: 12:27 14 November 2012
Five people have been 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.
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.
There have been no arrests until today (Wednesday).
These were carried out by officers working under the direction of Det Chief Supt Lee Catling from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate (SCD) who has been investigating the circumstances leading up to Lee’s death since August 2010.