UPDATED: Witness comes forward after death of man on Portland

UPDATED: Witness comes forward after death of man on Portland

Published by Mike Draper at 10:46am 4th August 2019. (Updated at 5:16pm 5th August 2019)

A witness to the incident in which a man died in the street on Portland, has now come forward.

Dorset Police received a call from the ambulance service at 5.30am yesterday morning (Sunday 4 August) requesting assistance with traffic management as they treated a man requiring medical assistance in High Street, Fortuneswell on Portland.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at around 5.45am.

Detective Inspector Scott Johnson, of Bournemouth CID, said:

“Following our appeal, this man has now come forward to provide an account and assist with our investigation.

“As previously indicated, we do not believe there was any third party involvement in the death. We are not treating it as suspicious."

The road was closed and a cordon was put in place as enquiries were carried into the circumstances of the death.

The next of kin of the man, aged in his 50s and from Weymouth, have been informed and the coroner has been notified. 

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'Witness appeal'

Detective Inspector Scott Johnson, of Bournemouth CID, said: 

"We are carrying out a detailed investigation into the circumstances death, which is currently being treated as unexplained.

"While we have no reason to suspect any third party involvement, I am keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident and has not already spoken to police.

"I am particularly keen to speak to a man who was seen in company with the deceased man a short time before the incident so we can take an account from him.

"I would also urge anyone who was driving in the Fortuneswell area during the early hours of this morning to check their dashcam footage for anything relevant."

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'How to contact Dorset Police'

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190120942. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.