A MAN has been arrested as part of a probe into the “unexpected” death of a man in Southend.

Essex Police is investigating the death of a man on the seafront and are appealing for witnesses and information.

Officers were called to Marine Parade at about 11.55pm last night following concerns for the welfare of a man.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics, the man, in his 50s, died at the scene.

Essex Police has said his death is being treated as unexpected and is under investigation.

However, the force says it has arrested a man in connection with its ongoing enquiries.

He remains in custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Ant Alcock, who is the probe, said: “I understand this may cause concern among the local community, but I want to reassure the public that we are working quickly to establish what happened in the period of time before the man’s death.

“At this time, we are keeping an open mind about the cause of death but the man’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

“We would ask anyone who was in the area last night to get in contact with us if they have anything that could help our investigation.”

Police are now looking for anyone with any information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to this incident to get in contact.

Reports can be made on the Essex Police website or by using its online Live Chat service.

Alternatively, residents can call 101.

Those wishing to make an anonymous report can contact independent charity Crimestoppers by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.

Reports should quote incident 1489 of March 23.