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Man’s body found under Orwell Bridge

11:52 20 July 2010

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A man's body was found under the Orwell Bridge


A SECOND man has died in just two weeks after apparently leaping from the Orwell Bridge.


A second man has died in just two weeks after apparently leaping from the Orwell Bridge.

Police officers were called by a member of the public at 8.52pm yesterday after they discovered the body of a man lying at the foot of the bridge just off The Strand on the Wherstead side of the River Orwell.

The man is believed to be in his 40s and from Cambridgeshire.

A doctor called by police declared the man dead at the scene.

Officers investigating what happened in the moments leading up to the tragic death are appealing for witnesses or anyone who saw a man on the bridge shortly before 9pm to come forward.

Police have informing the man’s next-of-kin.

The tragedy comes just two weeks after Tom Chick jumped to his death from the landmark bridge.

The youth group leader at St Matthew’s Church in Ipswich died on Sunday, July 4.

A former Holbrook High School and Ipswich School pupil and Durham University graduate, Mr Chick had been suffering depression.

Paying tribute to Mr Chick friends described him as a “lovely person” who had “a great passion for life.”

A member of Mr Chick’s youth group, who asked not to be named, said just days after his death: “I don’t want him to be another statistic of depression sufferers who commit suicide on that bridge.

“He was a quiet, intensive, lovely person, with a great passion for life.

“He tried so hard at life, I have never known anyone fight so hard.

“Tom will always be a source of inspiration, an example of devotion and zeal for the next step on your journey closer to Christ.”

The coastguard and the East of England Ambulance Service were not called to the scene.

The spokesman for Suffolk Police said: “We ask anyone who may have seen the anything at the time when the body was found to come forward with information.”

Contact Suffolk police with any information on 01473 613500



  • Suicide is usually the result of feeling so desperate and overwhelmed that a person experiencing suicide ideation sees no other option but to end their life. For many people the choice of suicide is often based on a permanent solution to a temporary issue that appears to be at the time overwhelming. Whenever people state that they are contemplating suicide even in jest or joking it could mean a signal for help, which is often left untouched by well meaning friends and relatives. If you are experiencing or are aware of someone experiencing suicide ideation or thoughts of hurting themselves. Call the Samaritans @ UK: 08457 90 90 90. or visit the local branch posted below. 140 St Helen's Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 2LE United Kingdom Phone: (08457) 90 90 90

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    stephen dunmore

    Wednesday, July 21, 2010

  • It is always a great pity when people feel they have no option other than to end there own life, it is the family left behind who are left to pick up the pieces and ask the question why. It is also a great shame that a fantastic piece of iconic architecture is now becoming more famous for its suicide attempts and success's rather than its forward thinking design and engineering achievements.

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    Tuesday, July 20, 2010

  • chances are this will be another suicide having jumped from the bridge - no i dont know this for sure - only an investigation will discover the truth - but if it is another 'jumper' then how many more people have to take their lives this way before something is done about it - surely some form of railing could be put up - yes i know that if people want to take their own life they will just find another way - but at least railings would halt this option - rip whoever u were

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    alison martyn

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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