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Update: Romford park reopened after body found in lake

PUBLISHED: 11:02 10 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:20 10 June 2015

Police at the scene in Raphael Park

Police at the scene in Raphael Park

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Raphael Park has been reopened after the body of a man was found in the lake this morning.

Police at the scene in Raphael ParkPolice at the scene in Raphael Park

An area remains cordoned off while police accompanied by the Met Marine Support Unit investigate.

Emergency services were called at 5.54am.

Residents have expressed their “shock” at the discovery in the popular park.

Ernie Fillingham, 72, of Brockton Close, Romford: “I have lived here for about 20 years and walk over there nearly every other day and I have never seen anything untoward take place.

“I am shocked – we don’t get things like this here. You do get quite a few night fishers in the park that I don’t think are supposed to be there but nothing unusual. I’m just shocked.”

Sunita Ahuja, 57, of Lake Rise, Romford, added: “It is pretty frightening and quite traumatising knowing a body has been found right by where we live. We go for regular walks over there so it is definitely worrying.”

Havering Council locks the large park, which includes a restaurant, tennis courts and playsite over night.

More to follow.

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