Police believe a body found in Hastings is that of a man reported missing from St Leonards.

The body was discovered in woodland near Croft Road around 9.40am this morning (Tuesday, 12).

Police said while not formally identified, it is believed to be that of 51-year-old Dene Brazil, who was reported missing last week.

Dene was last seen walking along the seafront near Warrior Square on Monday, September 4.

Officers said his next of kin has been informed.

Sergeant Lynda Lynch said:

“Obviously this is not the outcome we were hoping for.

“We have provided support to Dene’s family at this time.”