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The area at the centre of this week’s investigations

A byway popular with dog walkers in Lake has re-opened following the conclusion of on-scene investigations by Police probing the murder of 73-year-old Gerry White.

Since the discovery of Mr White’s body in amongst woodland at Lake Community Gardens on Monday, the Byway SS18 and surrounding footpaths have been closed to members of the public. Forensic investigators and detectives have been conducting an examination of the area as they piece together what happened in the run up to the former councillor’s death.

The upcoming nature reserve has now been handed back to land owner, Mr Fred Coulson, by the Police. The gates have been locked and new signs erected warning visitors to keep out.

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The only evidence of the flurry of activity in recent days is the presence of 2 portaloos and a lighting tower. Police left the scene at around 16:00 yesterday (Thursday).

60-year-old Jon Stasiuk of Pier Street, Sandown has been charged with the murder of Gerard White. He appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Thursday and was remanded in custody to appear before Winchester Crown Court on Monday (3rd June).

Family and friends of Gerry White paid tribute to him on Wednesday.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to contact police on 101, quoting Operation Sage, or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The area was cordoned off between Monday evening and Thursday evening

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