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Man’s Body Found in Gala Bingo Car Park

  • 11 Jul 13
  • Written by Deena Chance

altThe other week, a man was found dead in suspicious circumstances in the car park of Gala Bingo in Dartford town centre. At the time of writing, the man had not yet been named, and was discovered in the morning of Monday, 1st July 2013. Police who were called to the scene described the man’s death as unexplained, and are currently waiting to hear the results from the post-mortem which is due to take place within the next week. Although the man’s name has not yet been released, his relatives have been informed by the authorities.

Police have been painstakingly examining local CCTV footage as part of their investigations to try and piece together what happened in the hours before the man died. Much of the Kentish Gala Bingo car park was cordoned off for several hours while investigations were carried out by forensic officers, as well as an alleyway linking the car park to a nearby Sainsburys store. The area is situated just off Dartford’s high street, and many workers and shoppers had to be diverted away from the area.

A local Kent newspaper spoke to the Porchlight homeless charity, who said that the area is not known for people sleeping rough. The spokesperson added that the majority of homeless people try to find “somewhere quiet and out of sight to sleep because it’s less dangerous.”

The operations manager of the Gala Bingo club told reporters that they had to close the club for the day, which he says was “terrible for our business.” Because the bingo hall’s fire exits leading to the car park and the area was included in the police corden, the branch couldn’t open its doors to visitors or employees to sales and safety reasons.

A Wetherspoons pub which neighbours the car park was also affected by the police investigation on Monday, and one of the pub’s employees told the newspaper that although they’d heard that a body had been found, “nobody seems to know who it was or what happened.”

Meanwhile, the Gala Bingo chain in Kingston has also been in the headlines, as the old Regal Cinema and former bingo hall has held a two-day exhibition to present its latest proposals for the vacant building to the local community. Ideas put forward so far include penthouse apartments, a restaurant, a heritage centre, and a boutique cinema. More than 120 local residents were welcomed in to view the building and offer their opinions for its future use.


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