Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

Search

Nacton: Body found washed up in reed bed in Orwell Country Park thought to be Gavin Francis

PUBLISHED: 18:31 06 March 2014 | UPDATED: 18:31 06 March 2014

Orwell Country Park

Orwell Country Park

Archant

A body has been found washed up in a reed bed near Nacton.

It is believed to be that of Gavin Francis who went missing on New Year’s Eve last year.

A member of the public called police at 9.50am today after discovering the washed-up body at Orwell Country Park.

It was on the north side of the river opposite the marina and may have been there for some time.

The member of the public thought the body was that of a man but police have not yet confirmed this.

Police are working with the coastguard to recover the body.

Mr Francis left his home in Purdis Farm on December 31 for a bike ride. A bike believed to be his was later found near the Orwell bridge.

Several searches for the 44-year-old were made by police and the coastguard but they were all unsuccessful.

However there is a possibility the body could be that of one of two men who reportedly jumped from a ferry last month.

Two suspected immigrants were apparently seen diving off the Stena Britannica as it left Harwich on February 26 but were not found during the searches that followed.

Police are treating the death as unexplained.

1 comment

  • This is so sad. I remember when this man went missing and have checked every day for news. My heart is broken, I never knew Gavin, but his picture spoke to me, those eyes had so much behind them. I will always remember you, and think of you always. Bless you Gavin, I hope you have found what you were looking for. Love.

    Report this comment

    richie w

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

The prime minister will issue a call for unity as she starts the countdown to Britain’s exit from the European Union today.

Suffolk New College is preparing to open the doors to its new £400,000 Fabrication and Welding Centre.

The partner of a shopkeeper at Cloud Nine in Ipswich was grabbed by the throat and dragged upstairs during an attempted robbery, it has been alleged.

Suffolk doctors say their “radical” scheme to reduce spending on prescriptions has pioneered the way for nationwide proposals announced today.

It may seem like something out of a sci-fi movie, but patients of the future will be able get medical advice from a digital doctor with Artificial Intelligence.

Four new bundles of joy have surprised a goat-farming family in Bures St Mary – and we’re not kidding!

An Ipswich doctors’ surgery ranked inadequate by a health watchdog in December is improving, a new report claims.

Government officials are hoping to halt an invasion of Asian hornets by encouraging the public to use a free smart phone app.

An Ipswich drink-driver who was nearly three times the limit when he crashed into a telegraph pole after a night out has lost his licence.

Most read

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24