A man’s body was found dead near Old Street yesterday morning.

Officers were called to the scene, nearby to Churchill Hospital and on the edge of Oxford Golf Club’s course, at 6:45am.

A man in his thirties was declared dead at the scene and the death is being treated as “unexplained, but not suspicious”.

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A member of the public found the body in the early hours of the morning and Thames Valley Police were immediately notified.

The body was found close to a bridge by the golf course and nearby to Sobell House at Churchill Hospital.

Oxford University Hospitals was contacted for comment but was unable to provide one.

One eyewitness said: “This will be why the police closed the road at the hospital this morning.”

A Thames Valley Spokesman said: "Officers were called to reports of a man’s body being located by a member of the public near to Old Road, Oxford, this morning at just after 6.45am.

"Very sadly, the man, aged in his thirties, was declared deceased at the scene.

"His death is being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

"The man’s next of kin have been notified and our thoughts remain with them at this very difficult time."

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Thames Valley Police confirmed at 3pm the police cordon had been lifted and police had left the scene.

One eyewitness, who asked not be named, said he saw forensic teams at the scene as he was on the way to work at around 10am.

He added: "There was a police cordon and it appeared they were pulling a body out of the golf course with the forensic team there."

A member of the reception team at the Oxford Golf Club said they were not aware of the discovery of a body.

Councillor Mohammed Altaf-Khan, who represents the Headington ward, said: “This is a very peaceful area.

“We have never heard or seen anything like this.

“Normally the area is quite good, and we do have a police presence in Headington town centre.”

Many people living in the area took to social media to express their shock at the news.

One comment from Christina Ellis simply said: “So sad to hear.”

Another comment from Louise Woodley said she had noticed the road had been closed by the Churchill Hospital which had left her wondering what had happened.