A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder in South Shropshire.

On Friday (August 14) the body of a man in his 70s was found on Brown Clee Hill, near Ludlow.

The discovery came after police received information that led to the arrest of a 21-year-old man on Thursday evening (August 13). He is currently in police custody.

A home office post mortem will now be carried out to establish the cause of death.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bellamy, said: "Our investigation is very much in the early stages and we’re keen to hear from anyone who was out walking on Brown Clee Hill yesterday afternoon and evening.

"The area is remote and we know people out walking would’ve known if they had passed another person, and if they did we want to hear from them.”

Regular patrols will be carried out in the area over the coming days, both to offer reassurance and carry out enquiries into the investigation.

Shropshire local policing commander, Superintendent Mo Lansdale, said: “Our thoughts are very much with the family of the man who died who have lost a loved one in tragic circumstances and we will continue to support them throughout our investigation.

”We know the local community will be concerned about this tragic incident and do not underestimate the impact it has on local people and those visiting the area.

"I would like to offer reassurance that over the coming days officers will carry out regular patrols in the area. I would encourage anyone who is concerned to stop and speak to an officer on patrol.”

Anyone with information can contact West Mercia Police on 101 quoting reference 737_I_130820 or online under the Tell Us About section of the website www.westmercia.police.uk.

Alternatively information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.