Police confirm body found in River Orwell was of a 17-year-old boy

The A14 Orwell Bridge has reopened following a police incident Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The boy's body was found in the River Orwell on Tuesday morning - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Police have confirmed the body found in the River Orwell was of a 17-year-old boy.

A search to find the boy was launched in the early hours of Tuesday (May 18) morning, after police received reports concerning the safety of a person seen on the Orwell Bridge.

Officers were unable to find him and a multi-agency search was launched alongside paramedics, the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, the Coastguard and the RNLI.

They found the 17-year-old's body shortly after 4am.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said the boy's death is not being treated as suspicious and his next of kin have been made aware.

A file for the coroner will be prepared in due course, they added.

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