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Rough sleeper found beaten to death in Hove

March 20 2013
Lea Williams, 42, was discovered beneath a duvet on 11 February


A rough sleeper has been found beaten to death on the seafront at Hove.

Lea Williams, 42, was discovered beneath a duvet on 11 February by volunteers from the charity Project Antifreeze.

Although Williams (pictured) came from Hastings, he was well known by the homeless community and its service providers in Hove, where he had lived for some years.

The police have confirmed that his death was caused by repeated blows about the head with a heavy object. Detective chief inspector Ian Pollard, who is leading the investigation, said his team “will not stop” until the “brutal” and “vicious” attacker is found. He has asked for anyone with information to get in touch. Sergeant Richard Siggs from the Neighbourhood Police Team is a point of contact for the homeless community.

Julian Haddow, the project manager at Antifreeze, told The Argus: “Lea Williams’ death is tragic and he will be missed in our centre, on our night shifts and in the homeless community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this sad time.

“We will remember Lea for his friendly face and for his requests for a ‘good-night prayer’ every night shift before we were allowed to leave the pitch and putt.”

Floral tributes have been left at the site of the murder. Anyone with information can call 101 quoting Op Depot, or leave an anonymous message with the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.