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Probe after man's body is found in West Bromwich boating lake

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A body was discovered floating in the boating lake of a West Bromwich park today, sparking a police investigation.

A member of the public spotted the man's body in the lake at Dartmouth Park just before 9am. Police were called and cordoned off the scene and the death was today being treated as unexplained.

One police car and officers were guarding the area this morning.

West Midlands Police spokeswoman Deb Edmonds said: "We are treating the death as unexplained at the moment and we are asking anyone with information to contact police."

Friends of Dartmouth Park secretary Annette Welch said she was shocked to hear what had happened.

"I can't believe it," she said.

"I was only walking by the lake around 9am this morning and I thought it was unusually busy.

"I don't think it's ever happened before."

One 73-year-old man, who visits the park twice a day with his dogs, but wished to remain anonymous, said: "The first I heard about it was when I saw the police down here this morning.

"We don't know what could have happened. I know people do drink in the park.

"It's possible someone could have come down here last night and fallen in."

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