Body on rocks man is named

A SUFFOLK man whose body was found on rocks near Land's End on the Cornish coast has been named as Michael Sampson-Bancroft.

A SUFFOLK man whose body was found on rocks near Land's End on the Cornish coast has been named as Michael Sampson-Bancroft.

The body of the 43-year-old, of Crowcroft Road, Nedging Tye, near Stowmarket, was found dressed in full riding gear on April 4.

Today, a neighbour described Mr Sampson-Bancroft as “a nice guy”.

The neighbour said: “He used to take his two dogs for a walk.

“He was always out and about and he always had a smile. He was a nice guy.

“You don't like to hear anything like this, it really shocks you.”

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An inquest into his death was expected to be opened and adjourned today.

Cornwall coroner Roger Dunbar said the delay in beginning the inquest had been down to “an identity issue”.

Mr Sampson-Bancroft left a note, wallet, mobile phone and driving licence on the passenger seat of his parked car before walking towards a coastal path in driving rain on the afternoon of April 3.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said there were no suspicious circumstances and the investigation had been closed with the matter handed to the coroner.

It is believed the man had been reported missing two weeks before his death.

Coastguards launched an extensive land, air and sea search on Sunday morning when he did not return to his green Peugeot estate, before a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose spotted his body washed up at Merthen Point.