A man found impaled on church railings in Kensington could have been a homeless man who slipped while trying to get into a park.
His body was found on a spiked railing in Kensington Church Walk by a passerby yesterday (October 28) morning who called police at 6.39am.
The small passageway runs alongside the gardens of St Mary Abbots Church and links Kensington Church Court to Holland Street where properties have an average price of £1.6 million.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) said the man is around 55-years-old but police have not identified him yet.
The Telegraph reported one line of enquiry is the man was homeless and was climbing the railings to get into the church gardens, which are closed overnight, when he slipped.
A parks officer told The Telegraph: “We do have a problem here with homeless people and the number of them has increased by 200 per cent in the last year. It is a growing problem which we are tackling.
“He has died while it appears he was trying to climb the railings.”
An LFB spokesman said two fire crews and two fire engines were sent to the scene to help recover the body.
The Telegraph reported LFB said the man was found unconscious and not breathing before being pronounced dead at the scene but an LFB spokesman said they could not confirm this.
A Met Police spokeswoman, said: “Detectives from Kensington & Chelsea CID are investigating.
There is nothing at this very early stage to indicate that the death is suspicious. Officers are at the scene and their enquires continue.”