Hartlepool Police launched an investigation on Sunday after the body of a man was found within the stands of a local rugby club.

Sadly the body of the man was found just after 10.40am and all training for the day was called off at the rugby club to enable police to carry out a forensic investigation.

Officers from Cleveland Police Crime Scene investigation unit remained on scene throughout Sunday at the Hartlepool Rovers Club on West View Road.

Play for the day and training was called off after the body was discovered this morning within the stand of the grounds this morning. 

Hartlepool Police release an update after man's body found in Rovers Rugby Club 1

It is believed when the club was being prepared for opening the grim discovery was made.

Cleveland Police confirmed that they have now formally identified after a body was found in the grounds of the Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Football Club.

“The man is aged 29 and from the local area. Specialist officers are supporting the man’s family, and our thoughts remain with them at this extremely difficult time. 

“A post mortem examination has been carried out and the man’s death is not being treated as suspicious.”

“A file will be prepared for the Coroner.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this difficult time.