No sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances, say po­lice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Tributes To River Death Man -

A mem­ber of the pub­lic dis­cov­ered the sad sight on Sun­day morn­ing and alerted the emer­gency ser­vices.

Sev­eral am­bu­lances, po­lice, fire crews and the wa­ter safety unit packed the area in East Hill when they ar­rived just af­ter 9.30am.

It was re­ported that a body was in the River Stour, close to the for­mer night­club Liq­uid and Envy, which is now empty.

Of­fi­cers cor­doned off the road be­tween the Star Inn and the cor­ner of Mace Lane while divers en­tered the river.

A wit­ness at the scene on the day said: “We came down East Hill and some­one said there might be a body in the river caught in the tree.

“Doesn’t seem like they can get it out.”

The body was re­trieved just af­ter 10.30am, and was cov­ered in a white sheet be­fore be­ing taken away in an am­bu­lance. A spokesman for the am­bu­lance ser­vice said: “Two am­bu­lance crews, a car and our HART team at­tended the scene.

“Sadly the crews were un­able to help the per­son and they were pro­nounced dead at the scene.”

A po­lice cor­don re­mained in the area un­til later that day, and foren­sics searched the car park near the river, as well as the river bank.

North Park, which is on the op­po­site side of Mace Lane, was also cor­doned off by po­lice for a short time.

Mr Wors­fold’s next of kin were in­formed of his death later on Sun­day.

Po­lice said the 50-year-old’s death was not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious but that of­fi­cers con­tin­ued to make in­quiries and a re­port was be­ing com­piled for the coro­ner.

A spe­cial­ist river search team in the Stour af­ter Mark Wors­fold’s body was found

Pic­tures: Sam Wil­liams/ Andy Clark

Fire and res­cue and am­bu­lance ser­vices joined po­lice of­fi­cers who were guard­ing the scene and car­ry­ing out in­ves­ti­ga­tions

Pic­ture: Re­becca Hol­l­i­day FM4226443

The river runs by the for­mer mill and night club build­ing

Pic­tures: Andy Clark

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