Man's body found at University of Birmingham student village
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Yesterday at 3.30pm police were alerted to the discovery of a body in a lake at the heart of the University of Birmingham's student village The Vale on Edgbaston Park Road.
While details remain limited, West Midlands police have stated that "the body has not been formally identified at this stage, but it is believed to be a man in his 40s.
"A post mortem will take place but police are not treating the death as suspicious at this stage."
Reports state that dozens of students gathered at approximately 6pm as a specialist police unit removed the body from the edge of the lake in a cordoned off area.
The Vale is home to over 3,500 students living in eight residences.
In an official statement the University has said that it is "deeply saddened to learn that the body of a man believed to be in his 40s and unconnected to the university, was discovered at the vale earlier today" (Wednesday 21st of February).
Second year philosophy religion and ethics student Olly Hacker told The National Student: "I'm really shocked in all honesty, you hear of stuff like this happening all the time in Birmingham but never so close to campus.
"At first I thought it was just a rumour that had gone to far, so I was pretty surprised when I saw such a large crowd and police on my way into uni."
While details for now at least remain uncertain, it is clear that the events yesterday have made a noticable impact on the student community. Maths student Charlie Passfield said: "I was out all day, so I didn't really know what was going on when I came back to my flat.
"There were just loads of ambulances, police and a green tent. I checked the news and couldn't really believe it, it's just not something you expect to see so close to campus."