Police are investigating the unexplained death are appealing for anyone who was in the area in the early hours of this morning to come forward.

An investigation has been launched after a body was found within a Hartlepool Rugby ground.

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

Police were called to the club at 10.40am following the discovery of the mans body.

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

A full forensic investigation is currently underway within the Hartlepool Rovers club which is located on West View Road.

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Forensic officers examine the scene of the incident within the Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club.

Forensic officers dressed in white forensic suits can be seen within the image bagging evidence and examining an area of interest.

A number of items were bagged by the officers and placed within brown forensic evidence bags.

A crime scene is expected to remain in place for some time.

Cleveland Police have released a statement “Police were called to a report of a man’s body found at around 10:40am this morning, Sunday 6th September, in the grounds of Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Football Club on West View Road, Hartlepool.

“Officers believe that they know the identity of the man and his family have been informed, although formal identification is yet to take place.”

“Specialist officers are supporting the man’s family and our thoughts remain with them at this extremely difficult time.”

“The death is currently being treated as unexplained and a post mortem examination will be carried out to try to establish the cause of the man’s death.”

“Police would be interested to hear from anyone who may have been in the area of the Rugby Club in the early hours of this morning and may have seen a male in the area to contact them on 101, quoting incident number 145762.”

The club released a statement confirming “Due to an incident the club will NOT be open today at all.

“This will include minis training and bar opening. Further information will be disclosed when permitted.”