Tributes paid to broads victim

WORK colleagues today paid tribute to Suffolk woman Lisa Hooper who died on the Norfolk Broads in the early hours of Monday morning.The 37-year-old, from Halesworth, was part of a family group on a cruiser moored close to Red House Inn at Cantley, near Great Yarmouth when it is believed she fell into the river.

WORK colleagues today paid tribute to Suffolk woman Lisa Hooper who died on the Norfolk Broads in the early hours of Monday morning.

The 37-year-old, from Halesworth, was part of a family group on a cruiser moored close to Red House Inn at Cantley, near Great Yarmouth when it is believed she fell into the river.

Dale Campos, warehouse manager at Bickers PLC, who supply motorcycle spare parts, said Miss Hooper, 37, was a headstrong woman whose great love in life was motorcycles.

Mr Campos, 43, said Miss Hooper had worked for Bickers of Sproughton Road, Ipswich for around 20 years as an advertising and marketing assistant.

He said: "Her great interest in life was motorcycles and motorcycling – she went everywhere on her bike and seemed to always be on it. She didn't have a licence to drive a car, it was simply her motorbike all the time.

"She had various bikes but had a real interest outside of work in going to watch motorsports. She would regularly go to watch meetings at Brands Hatch and Donnington."

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Mr Campos said Miss Hooper had been living with a partner in Halesworth for the last couple of years having previously lived in Great Blakenham and Hintlesham.

"Lisa had a bubbly personality yet she could be persuasive and was could be very headstrong. I last saw her a week or so ago. I knew she was going on holiday but didn't know any of the people she was going with.

"I was very shocked to hear the news. A dealer friend of her partner told us yesterday that it was her and then it was confirmed last night."

Mr Campos said he knew the area of the Broads at which his colleague died very well. "It's a very tricky area and can be very dangerous."

Miss Hooper's death came just 24 hours after a 24-year-old woman from Great Yarmouth died after falling in the River Bure at 2.30am on Sunday.

The previous weekend, Rachel Fry, 42, from Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex died after the hire boat she and her family had been travelling on capsized on the River Bure near Horning Hall.

A statement released today from the Broads Authority said: "We deeply regret the two incidents over the weekend of July 26/27, in which two persons lost their lives.  Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the two women."

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