A MAN in his twenties has been found dead near a park in Bridport town centre.

Police and paramedics were called after he was spotted at Plottingham Playing Fields, off West Street, but he was confirmed dead at the scene.

The man, who was from Bridport, was found at 5.15pm on Saturday, June 25. It is not known how long he had been there.

Police have informed his family and the coroner but said there were no suspicious circumstances.

An inquest is due to be opened and adjourned by the West Dorset coroner.

Canon Andrew Evans, who is the team rector for the Bridport Team Ministry, said his thoughts were with the family.

He said: “On behalf of the church I extend my deepest sympathies to the family.

“They must be experiencing great sadness and terrible shock at this time.

“I hope that they find that they are given the strength through what is a very unhappy time for them. It is very sad. When a young person is lost, whatever the circumstances, it is very tragic.”

The land belongs to Bridport Town Council.

A spokesman for the police said: “At 5.15pm on Saturday, 25 June 2011, police received a report that the body of a man had been discovered at the park area along West Street in Bridport.

“Officers and paramedics attended and the man, believed to be in his twenties, was confirmed dead at the scene. There are no suspicious circumstances.

The coroner has been made aware and family have been notified.”