Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Five arrests over Ockendon cement mixer death in 2002.

FIVE PEOPLE have been arrested in connection with the death of Lee Balkwell ten years ago.

Lee, 33, was found dead at the farm in South Ockendon on July 18th 2002. His head and shoulders were lodged in a cement mixer.

At the time, and although ambulance crews thought the death was suspicious, the police believed that it pointed to a tragic accident.

On Wednesday, officers from the Essex and Kent serious crime directorate arrested three men and two women in connection with the death.

A 43-year-old man from Upminster was arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter, perverting the course of justice and perjury.

A 66-year-old man, a 63-year-old woman and a 49-year-old woman – all from Upminster – and a 38-year-old man from Southend were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and perjury.

All five were being questioned at a police station in Kent.

A spokesman for Kent police said: “The arrests have been made 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 Mr Balkwell’s death since August 2010.”

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