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Blessing Olusegun: Sussex Police reject claims of racism in investigation into 21-year-old’s death

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Sussex Police have rejected claims that race played a factor in its investigation of Blessing Olusegun’s death.

Police said she was found dead on East Sussex beach at Bexhill near Galley Hill at 6.20am on September 18.

Her body was identified that morning and her mother was visited and informed by Metropolitan Police officers later the same day.

Police released a statement on Tuesday outlining their investigation after a petition and social media users claimed they were not investigating her death thoroughly because she is black.

Her death has been deemed as “unexplained” by Sussex Police, with a postmortem determining she died by drowning.

Officers searching the area where Ms Olusegun was found located her phone and slippers.

They said they searched her room at her placement and were in the process of a forensic examination of her devices and a detailed review of her phone records.

Police added that CCTV from the local area showed Ms Olusegun walking to the beach at around 1.30am alone with no evidence of others being in the vicinity.

A pathologist found Ms Olusegun had died from drowning with “no evidence of violence or any internal or external injuries”.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Pippa Nicklin said: “I have spoken with Blessing’s mother and explained we remain absolutely committed to finding out the facts of what happened to Blessing.

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