A man awaiting trial for spying in Hong Kong has died

A former Royal Marine accused of aiding Hong Kong’s intelligence service has been found dead, police said.

Matthew Trickett, 37, a Home Office immigration officer, appeared in court charged with the National Security Act last week.

He was found by a member of the public in Berkshire Park in Maidenhead on Sunday, Thames Valley Police said.

The death is being treated as unexplained and an appropriate autopsy will be conducted, he added.

Officers attended Grenfell Park in Maidenhead at around 17:15 BST on Sunday following a report from a member of the public, the force said.

They provided emergency aid to the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives are asking anyone who was in the park on Sunday afternoon if they have any information to come forward.

The force itself made a referral to the Independent Police Conduct Office because it had been in contact with Mr Trickett as he was on bail at the time and had to report to the police station regularly.

In a statement, Mr Trickett’s family said they were “grieving the loss of a beloved son, brother and family member”.

“We would appreciate it if the press would respect our privacy at this difficult time and refrain from sharing our grief,” they added.

His lawyer Julian Hayes said: “We are naturally shocked by the news and are supporting his family as best we can.”

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