British man accused of espionage found dead “in unexplained circumstances” in park

A Briton accused of helping Hong Kong’s intelligence service has died in unexplained circumstances in a park in England.

Matthew Trickett (37), from Maidenhead, Berkshire, was also charged with foreign interference and appeared alongside Chi Leung (Peter) Wai (38) and Chung Biu Yuen (63) at a London court last week.

Police said Trickett was found dead in Grenfell Park, Maidenhead, at around 5.15pm on Sunday, following a report from a member of the public.

An investigation is underway into the death, which is currently considered unexplained.

His family have been informed and are receiving support from officers, and a post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course.

In a statement, the family told the Times: “We are mourning the loss of a much-loved son, brother and family man.”

The charges alleged that between December 20, 2023 and May 2, 2024, Yuen, Wai and Trickett agreed to conduct intelligence gathering, surveillance and acts of deception that were likely to materially assist a foreign intelligence service.

It is also alleged that on 1 May 2024 they forced entry into a UK residential address, being reckless as to whether the prohibited conduct, or the course of conduct of which it forms part, would have an interfering effect.

All had been released on bail and were due to appear at England’s Central Criminal Court on Friday.