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FIVE people arrested in connection with the death of Lee Balkwell ten years ago on Wednesday have been released on police bail.

Mr Balkwell, 33, was found dead trapped between the drum and chassis of a cement mixer at Baldwin’s Farm, South Ockendon, at 1am on July 18 2002.

An inquest in 2008 concluded he died as a result of gross negligence manslaughter.

Lee’s former employer Simon Bromley, 43, from Baldwin’s Farm, was arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter this, perverting the course of justice and perjury.

His dad David Bromley, 66, mum Linda Bromley, 66, from Baldwin’s Farm, plus a 49-year-old woman from South Ockendon and a 38-year-old Southend man were also arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and perjury.

They were the first arrests ever in connection with the death said to have happened while Mr Balkwell and Mr Bromley were cleaning cement from the drum.

All five were bailed until mid January.