Former soldier accused of spying for China found dead

A former British soldier accused of spying for Hong Kong’s intelligence service has been found dead in a park west of London.

Matthew Trickett’s body was discovered by a citizen in Maidenhead park, Berkshire, about 60 kilometers from the center of the UK capital, the BBC reports.

The British government immigration official was charged last week with assisting Hong Kong’s intelligence service under the UK’s National Security Law.

The body of British man Matthew Trickett was discovered in a park west of London. (Nine supplied)

Police were called to the park on Sunday afternoon and gave Trickett emergency treatment, but he died at the scene.

His death is being considered unexplained and a post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course, officials said.

A black forensic tent was set up in the park on Tuesday and police cordoned off the area.

Detectives are asking anyone who was at the park on Sunday afternoon to come forward if they have any information.

In a statement, Trickett’s family said they were “mourning the loss of a son, brother and much-loved family member.”

Police stand next to a black forensic tent in a park in Maidenhead, England, west of London, where Matthew Trickett was found dead (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP) (AP)

Trickett served in the Royal Marine Regiment of the British Army before joining the Home Office, the UK government ministry responsible for immigration.

He was also director of a security company.

In a statement, Trickett’s family said they were “mourning the loss of a son, brother and much-loved family member.”

He and two other men are accused of agreeing to gather information and carry out surveillance and acts of deception that were likely to materially assist a foreign intelligence service.

They are also accused of forcing entry into a home in the United Kingdom earlier this month.

The three men had not pleaded guilty and were due to appear in court this Friday.