Dale Simmons was described as a ‘sound bloke’ following his death
A homeless man has been named after he was allegedly pushed to his death from the top of a cliff.
Dale Simmons’ body was found on Thursday in Near Chalkpit Hill in Chatham, Kent, the day after he is believed to have died.
Four teenagers aged 16 to 18 who knew the victim have been taken into custody over the 42-year-old’s death, which police are treating as suspicious.
His father Peter Simmons confirmed his death on Facebook.
He said: ‘It is with a sad and heavy heart Dee and I announce the death of our only son Dale Simmons. Rest in peace wink.’
One friend wrote: ‘Oh wow just seen about Dale Simmons, fly high another one taken far too soon.’
Dale was known by Gillingham Street Angels. The homeless charity’s chief executive, Neil Charlick, said: ‘It’s very sad for him and his family.
‘He was local and well-known in the area and to us. He was a nice fella – a lovely and bubbly type of guy.
‘He was a sound bloke and nobody had a bad word to say about him. He was always lovely and friendly.’
A Kent police spokesman said: ‘
‘Police officers attended an area near Chalk Pit Hill at around 11am on Thursday where the body of a man aged in his 40s was located. It is believed he died at some point the previous evening after suffering injuries consistent with a fall from height and his death is being treated as suspicious.
‘The man’s next of kin have been informed and a murder investigation is now being carried out by Major Crime detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.
‘An 18-year-old man, a 17-year-old boy and two 16-year-old boys were arrested in connection with the man’s death. They are all believed to have been known to the victim and remain in custody at this time.’
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