The body of a pensioner was discovered at a remote beauty spot yesterday.

Police found the body of a man in his 70s, on Brown Clee Hill in South Shropshire, early on Friday morning.

Brown Clee Hill is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is the highest point in Shropshire, at 540m above sea level.

A 21-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He was arrested at 8.30pm on Thursday, before the body was discovered.

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The cause of the pensioner’s death is not yet known and a post mortem will now be carried out.

Detective chief inspector Mark Bellamy, of West Mercia Police, said: ‘Our investigation is very much in the early stages and we’re keen to hear from anyone who was out walking on Brown Clee Hill yesterday afternoon and evening.

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‘The area is remote and we know people out walking would’ve known if they had passed another person, and if they did we want to hear from them.’

Shropshire local policing commander, Superintendent Mo Lansdale, said: ‘Our thoughts are very much with the family of the man who died who have lost a loved one in tragic circumstances and we will continue to support them throughout our investigation.

‘We know the local community will be concerned about this tragic incident and do not underestimate the impact it has on local people and those visiting the area.

‘I would like to offer reassurance that over the coming days officers will carry out regular patrols in the area.

‘I would encourage anyone who is concerned to stop and speak to an officer on patrol.’

Anyone with any information can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously.

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