Anxious wait for news of bomb victims

AS the dreadful search for bodies continued today in London the family of an Ipswich man were anxiously waiting for news.The final death toll of Thursday's terror attacks has been given by detectives as around 49.

AS the dreadful search for bodies continued today in London the family of an Ipswich man were anxiously waiting for news.

The final death toll of Thursday's terror attacks has been given by detectives as around 49.

All visible bodies have been removed from the four blast sites although rescue workers were today continuing to search under a Tube train between King's Cross and Russell Square to see if any had been missed.

A total of 62 victims of the bomb attacks were still being treated in London hospitals.

One of those missing is Richard Ellery, from Ipswich.

Richard has not made contact with his family since 8.30am on Thursday when he was travelling to London for a staff training day.

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The 21-year-old lives with friends in Ipswich and works in the town's Jessops camera shop.

His parents Trevor and Beverley, who live in Southampton, telephoned most of the hospitals that admitted people injured in the blasts, but were told their son had not been taken in.

Mr Ellery even went to Liverpool Street with his other son, Tim, to speak to police and rail staff and show pictures of Richard in the hope of finding someone who recognised him.

Southampton-born and educated, Richard Ellery moved to Ipswich three months ago and on Thursday morning was on his way to the Kensington branch of Jessops for a day training course.

Shortly before his train arrived at Liverpool Street station, he exchanged text messages with his mother – and that was the last time anyone made contact with him.

David Gunn, manager of Jessops in Ipswich, said his staff were devastated at the lack of news about Richard.

He said Richard was a popular member of staff, who had been only working at the shop for up to five weeks.

"He's doing perfectly. He's a great guy, a sociable friend. He has been nothing, but great since he started here. He's eager to help and he's cheerful," he added.

"He wants a career in retail. I'm quite impressed with him so far. Everyone is devastated. They're waiting for the phone to ring for any news."

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