A man who died in a car at Southwater Country Park has been named.
Homes in the village were evacuated after the body of George Bailey, 20, of Six Acres, Slinfold, was discovered in a car believed to have been filled with a hazardous chemical substance, say Sussex Police.
Emergency services were called to the scene in Worthing Road just after 12.30pm on Saturday (September 29).
The area was immediately cordoned off and remained so for hours as paramedics, police and firefighters dealt with the incident.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “At 12.37pm police were called to a silver VW Golf saloon which had been seen parked in Southwater Country Park, off Worthing Road, Southwater, near Horsham. The car was parked by a picnic area opposite Andrews Road.
“The body of a man was seen in the car and as it was believed that there may have been some hazardous chemical substance inside the vehicle the immediate area was closed off, nearby roads were closed, and residents in Andrews Road and Worthing Road were advised to keep their windows closed and some were temporarily evacuated as a safety precaution until roads were re-opened at around 6.30pm.
“West Sussex Fire and Rescue attended to make the substance safe.”
The body was safely removed just after 5.30pm and the car was removed shortly after 9pm.
Police say the death is not being regarded as suspicious and the coroners officer is continuing enquiries.
The spokesman added: “Emergency services were grateful for their patience and co-operation of local residents during this protracted operation, which was necessary in order to ensure that the public were kept safe.”
A post mortem has taken place but the exact cause of death awaits further forensic tests. The death is not being regarded as suspicious. An inquest has been formally opened and adjourned to a date yet to be set.