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Body of man in his 80s found in River Wensum

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:22 16 January 2019

Emergency services on the scene in Fakenham where a body was found in the River Wensum. Picture: Adam Lazzari

Emergency services on the scene in Fakenham where a body was found in the River Wensum. Picture: Adam Lazzari

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Police have confirmed that a body found in the River Wensum on Tuesday is that of a man in his 80s.

Police were called shortly after 8am to Bridge Street, Fakenham, near the Wensum Lodge Hotel to reports of a body found in the river.

The body, believed to be a local man aged in his 80s, was recovered with assistance from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and next of kin have been informed.

The death is not believed to be suspicious and a file will be prepared for Her Majesty’s Coroner.

The ambulance service was also on the scene and a cordon was in place while the incident was being dealt with, however this has now been lifted.

Emergency services on the scene in Fakenham where a body was found in the River Wensum. Picture: Adam LazzariEmergency services on the scene in Fakenham where a body was found in the River Wensum. Picture: Adam Lazzari

Mayor of Fakenham George Acheson has expressed sadness at the news and said: “I am very sorry to hear of this. We don’t know much about it yet.”

The Wensum Lodge Hotel opened as usual while emergency services were on the scene.

Ashley Ward who owns nearby business Ward’s Timber and Hardware said: “We saw all the vehicles go down there, the paramedic and fire engines with big canoes on the back.

“We thought it was an exercise at first until someone told us otherwise.”

Emergency services on the scene in Fakenham where a body was found in the River Wensum. Picture: Adam LazzariEmergency services on the scene in Fakenham where a body was found in the River Wensum. Picture: Adam Lazzari

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