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Body found in gay hotspot

PUBLISHED: 17:09 11 March 2009 | UPDATED: 09:49 12 August 2010

THE body of a carpenter who went missing last month has been discovered in woodland known to be a gay cruising area. Patrick Cloherty, 43, of Brookmead

THE body of a carpenter who went missing last month has been discovered in woodland known to be a gay cruising area.

Patrick Cloherty, 43, of Brookmead Avenue, Bromley was found in Beaulieu Heights, near Auckland Road in South Norwood last Wednesday (March 4).

Officers searched the area and found his body at 3.40pm. They are not treating his death as suspicious and are awaiting the results of toxicology tests which are due in the next two weeks.

Mr Cloherty, who worked for painting firm J & S Seddon, went missing from his home on February 24. His work red Ford Transit was found in Aukland Hill, West Norwood on the same day.

Beaulieu Heights is well known as an area which gay men visit. A website which describes itself as a gay guide to the UK, PinkUK.com, reads: "Just before you start to go down South Norwood Hill from Upper Norwood, entrance to Beulah [sic] Heights is on left. Busy both day and after dark. Less busy after midnight. Cruising very good, mixed men, busy and out of the way once you find the area near the TV mast."

Bromley police are conducting further enquiries in to the circumstances of Mr Cloherty's death. Anyone with any information should call 0208 284 8785 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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