Man murdered on Hove seafront named as Lee Williams

The Argus: Man murdered on Hove seafront named as Lee Williams Man murdered on Hove seafront named as Lee Williams

A homeless man who was battered to death was just weeks away from getting off the streets, The Argus can reveal.

Lee Williams has been named as the victim of the vicious attack on Hove seafront.

The 45-year-old’s body was found covered by a blanket by charity workers from Brighton’s homeless Project Antifreeze on Monday evening.

Mr Williams, originally from Hastings, told The Argus in November that he had battled his alcohol addiction to save money.

He had been living in the arches near Kingsway in Hove, which he called the caves, for about seven months after having to move off land he was living on in a caravan when his landlady was taken into care.

He said: “I spend my days drinking, wandering around and going to day centres.

“But I have got a month’s rent and a deposit saved up. It’s been difficult, especially with an alcohol problem.

“I want to get into a flat, off the streets and into the warmth.”

A close friend who took Mr Williams and his friends food said he was just three weeks away from moving off the streets.

She added: “I saw one of the other guys who lives in the arches in town and he’s devastated.

“A lot of people see the homeless and think they are trash but actually they are such lovely people.

“They were like members of your family, or a neighbour or friends. They are just down on their luck.”

A post mortem yesterday evening revealed Mr Williams died from head and facial injuries caused as a result of being hit by a heavy object.

He also had serious injuries to his body.

A police spokeswoman said: “This was a sustained, violent attack.”

Police have been searching the sea and will continue examining the shoreline for evidence until the end of the week.

They have not yet found a murder weapon.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Pollard, from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: “A large number of items were found in the alcove where our victim was living.

“These included food, drink and lots of bedding and clothing each of which has to be forensically examined.

“For this reason, the tents will remain on the pitch and putt course until the end of the week.

“Once again, I appreciate the cooperation and patience of local residents and would encourage them to speak to our officers if they have any information or any |concerns about what has happened.”

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Pollard who is leading the investigation said: “Lee suffered a brutal, vicious and sustained attack causing multiple injuries to his face, head and body.

"We need to find whoever did this to him and bring them to justice - they should not be allowed to get away with this.

"Please get in touch if you have any information about Lee or his attacker(s).

"I know some parts of the community may not feel comfortable contacting the police but I can assure you that your call will be dealt with in strict confidence.

“We believe Lee was living in Hove for about a year and had a few friends within the homeless community but on the whole he was quite a private person.

"He was an alcoholic and his home for the last year was an archway under the promenade that looked onto the pitch and putt course.

"He was a regular at the Thursday night soup kitchen next to the Peace Statue adjacent to Hove Lawns and bought his beer from the Londis convenience store next to the Alibi pub on Kingsway.

“The time of the attack has not been established but we believe he may have been last seen on Sunday (10 February) morning.

"Someone, somewhere, has information that could help us catch the person responsible for this terrible crime.

"Did you know Lee? Did you see him prior to his body being found? Do you know of any reason why someone would want to kill him?

"Please call 101 quoting Op Depot or alternatively leave an anonymous message with the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Lee was 5’ 9” of slim build with short brown hair and a brown beard and had a distinctive barbed wire tattoo across his collar bone.

Do you know Mr Williams? Email Kimberly.middleton@theargus.co.uk or call 01273 544511.

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8:37pm Wed 13 Feb 13

vogon1 says...

Didn't know you but RIP Mr Williams. I'm quite sure you deserved better than you got from life
Didn't know you but RIP Mr Williams. I'm quite sure you deserved better than you got from life vogon1

8:50pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Tracey says...

A few homeless people of Brighton and Hove buy fruit from my stall they are some of the most polite people i have as customers always use manners and never haggle over a price, this is a tragic and sad ending of this mans life RIP
A few homeless people of Brighton and Hove buy fruit from my stall they are some of the most polite people i have as customers always use manners and never haggle over a price, this is a tragic and sad ending of this mans life RIP Tracey

8:53pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

The Argus should run a campaign so readers can donate money to the project.
I am happy to give to charities offering help rather than handing money to the homeless as I don't feel comfortable that they may be getting off their heads and sadly, sometimes getting into brawls, although at this stage we do not know what has happened in this sad case.
The Argus should run a campaign so readers can donate money to the project. I am happy to give to charities offering help rather than handing money to the homeless as I don't feel comfortable that they may be getting off their heads and sadly, sometimes getting into brawls, although at this stage we do not know what has happened in this sad case. Maxwell's Ghost

12:08am Thu 14 Feb 13

Woodingdeaner says...

I volunteer with a homeless service in East Sussex and can honestly say the people I have met that are homeless, are some of the nicest people I have met! The little things matter to them and they couldn't be more grateful for a hot cup of coffee. They also don't take things for granted as much as the rest of us do! Its sad to hear that this has happened. The fact that he managed to save a months rent and a deposit shows people shouldn't judge a book by the cover and make assumptions! RIP Mr Williams!
I volunteer with a homeless service in East Sussex and can honestly say the people I have met that are homeless, are some of the nicest people I have met! The little things matter to them and they couldn't be more grateful for a hot cup of coffee. They also don't take things for granted as much as the rest of us do! Its sad to hear that this has happened. The fact that he managed to save a months rent and a deposit shows people shouldn't judge a book by the cover and make assumptions! RIP Mr Williams! Woodingdeaner

5:52am Thu 14 Feb 13

MIDNIGHT COWBOY says...

I totally agree with Maxwell's ghost -The Argus should run a campaign to help the Homeless through co-ordinated fundraising or go the website for The Antifreeze project, Brighton where you can donate or help the homeless in other ways.
I totally agree with Maxwell's ghost -The Argus should run a campaign to help the Homeless through co-ordinated fundraising or go the website for The Antifreeze project, Brighton where you can donate or help the homeless in other ways. MIDNIGHT COWBOY

9:17am Thu 14 Feb 13

exbtnbabe says...

didnt know you lee but i hope you R.I.P AND I HOPE THEY FIND WHOEVER DONE THIS TO YOU i so wish i could help these people but i have bad health so have no energy but i pray for you all xxxxxxxxxxxx
didnt know you lee but i hope you R.I.P AND I HOPE THEY FIND WHOEVER DONE THIS TO YOU i so wish i could help these people but i have bad health so have no energy but i pray for you all xxxxxxxxxxxx exbtnbabe

9:26am Thu 14 Feb 13

Juleyanne says...

R.I.P Lee. I absolutely agree with above comments. The Argus should run a campaign to help the homeless! Anyone other readers agree.............! Something positive must come out of this a legacy for Lee.
R.I.P Lee. I absolutely agree with above comments. The Argus should run a campaign to help the homeless! Anyone other readers agree.............! Something positive must come out of this a legacy for Lee. Juleyanne

10:51am Thu 14 Feb 13

mimseycal says...

What is heart breaking is that behind this face is a newborn baby ... brought into this world with all the potential that every child is born with.

A promise of a future which has been warped by experience, wrong choices and events beyond the individuals control. All that brought to an abrupt end by some mindless violence perpetrated on one individual by another/others.
What is heart breaking is that behind this face is a newborn baby ... brought into this world with all the potential that every child is born with. A promise of a future which has been warped by experience, wrong choices and events beyond the individuals control. All that brought to an abrupt end by some mindless violence perpetrated on one individual by another/others. mimseycal

11:03am Thu 14 Feb 13

qm says...

mimseycal wrote:
What is heart breaking is that behind this face is a newborn baby ... brought into this world with all the potential that every child is born with.

A promise of a future which has been warped by experience, wrong choices and events beyond the individuals control. All that brought to an abrupt end by some mindless violence perpetrated on one individual by another/others.
So deep, so true . . . .
[quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: What is heart breaking is that behind this face is a newborn baby ... brought into this world with all the potential that every child is born with. A promise of a future which has been warped by experience, wrong choices and events beyond the individuals control. All that brought to an abrupt end by some mindless violence perpetrated on one individual by another/others.[/p][/quote]So deep, so true . . . . qm

12:10pm Thu 14 Feb 13

jesss2012 says...

RIP Mr Williams. I hope they catch the scum that did this to you. When i was down on my luck in the past, the homeless community have been amazing...offering blankets and compassion. They are a lovely and often misunderstood community xx
RIP Mr Williams. I hope they catch the scum that did this to you. When i was down on my luck in the past, the homeless community have been amazing...offering blankets and compassion. They are a lovely and often misunderstood community xx jesss2012

12:45pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Tobyman90 says...

R.I.P Sir,
Shame not everyone gets the love and support Gazza receives.
R.I.P Sir, Shame not everyone gets the love and support Gazza receives. Tobyman90

1:49pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Joshiman says...

Very sad.RIP.
Life with no parole for the scum responsible.
Very sad.RIP. Life with no parole for the scum responsible. Joshiman

3:52pm Thu 14 Feb 13

sparrowlegs68 says...

I agree with comments above....not a very nice man i lived above him in flat for many years.
Had to move eventually because of him & what he put my then 9yr old son through.
I agree with comments above....not a very nice man i lived above him in flat for many years. Had to move eventually because of him & what he put my then 9yr old son through. sparrowlegs68

5:26pm Thu 14 Feb 13

bridges00 says...

sparrowlegs68 wrote:
I agree with comments above....not a very nice man i lived above him in flat for many years.
Had to move eventually because of him & what he put my then 9yr old son through.
my wife lived next door so u probably know her.
[quote][p][bold]sparrowlegs68[/bold] wrote: I agree with comments above....not a very nice man i lived above him in flat for many years. Had to move eventually because of him & what he put my then 9yr old son through.[/p][/quote]my wife lived next door so u probably know her. bridges00

4:23pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Brightonian1966 says...

Life is short,

and Art long,

opportunity fleeting,

experience perilous,

and decision difficult.

R.I.P.
Life is short, and Art long, opportunity fleeting, experience perilous, and decision difficult. R.I.P. Brightonian1966

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