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Police thank public for "patience and respect" after man's body recovered from river

Police news (3931640)
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Community policing inspector for Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, Inspector Ian Martin, has thanked the public for their "patience and respect" following Friday's incident in which a man's body was found in the River Welland.

Police at the weekend confirmed that the death of the man in his 20s was not thought to be suspicious.

"It is a very sad accident, in which all the evidence points to a person who had fallen in the river whilst under the influence of alcohol and drowned," said Inspector Martin.

"It is always tragic for the emergency services to attend incidents of these nature, but sadly on this occasion the Meadows was busy at the time of the response because of the antiques fair, drawing attention to the incident as it unfolded.

"I would like to thank the public for their patience and respect of privacy with the services while the incident was being investigated."

Emergency services were called to The Meadows at 2pm on Friday (August 31) when the body of the male was spotted in the water.

More than a dozen police officers and firefighters dashed to the scene.

Four police cars, a fire engine and a fire technical rescue unit with two specially-adapted dinghies also rushed to the spot after the alarm was raised.

Police led by Insp Simon Mason sealed off a footpath leading from The Meadows to the incident by the river about 200 yards away.

Shocked bystanders looked on as the drama unfolded just minutes from a huge high-profile antiques fair being held on the vast open green space.

Police also closed off a stretch of the River Welland inside The Meadows as firefighters put one of their rescue boats into the water.

The man's next of kin have been informed and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

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