Inquest opens into death of Ipswich man whose body was found alongside the River Gipping

Emergency services at the scene where Wayne Hughes' body was found

Emergency services at the scene where Wayne Hughes' body was found - Credit: Archant

A man who was found dead by the River Gipping in Ipswich in September made a late-night phone call to his mother in the early hours, an inquest has heard.

Wayne Hughes, 33, was found at Pooley’s Yard at around 7am on September 21 by a dog walker who spotted him on the river bank.

An inquest into the death was opened by assistant Suffolk coroner Kevin McCarthy, who told last week’s hearing Mr Hughes, who worked as a retail assistant, “sounded intoxicated” when he telephoned his mother at around 2.47am that day.

A post-mortem examination was carried out but the coroner’s office is now awaiting the results of toxicology reports.

Paramedics and police rushed to Pooley’s Yard, arriving at around 7.15am, following reports of a body being found, but Mr Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene.

The inquest was opened and adjourned until February 2017.

Mr Hughes’ parents paid tribute to him in the wake of his death, see here