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Tributes pour in for man in 50s found dead in the River Taw on Saturday

By NDJJoe  |  Posted: December 06, 2016

Simon Ellery The scene in Barnstaple on Saturday night.

The scene in Barnstaple on Saturday night.

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SINCE the sad news broke over the weekend that a man's body has been recovered from the River Taw tributes have been pouring in.

The man who was in his fifties was found in a joint operation on Saturday night which involved the police, fire service, ambulance service, coastguard and a special rescue team from Barnstaple.

Police have not yet released the man's name but this has not stopped people paying tribute to him on Facebook.

Yesterday the Journal had to appeal to people on its Facebook page not to reveal his identity to allow the police to complete the identification and notification process.

Anita Lilian Murch posted on the Journal's story on Facebook: "So sad, hope he is now at peace."

Lorna Thorne posted on Facebook group North Devon News: "RIP so sad. Thoughts with the family."

Karen Reddy posted: "Sad days ahead for someone."

Tony Skinner said: "Very sad news RIP, thoughts with the family."

NC Williams summed up most people's feelings: "So so sad."

The exact circumstances of how the man died and when are unclear.

An appeal for information has now gone out, asking people to come forward who may recall someone "acting strangely near the water's edge" close to Barnstaple's former Heritage Centre.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said a man was found dead at the scene after emergency services were alerted by members of the public.

He said next-of-kin were being informed and the incident was not being treated as suspicious at this time.

On Saturday the Journal reported that emergency services were attempting to rescue a person trapped in the River Taw.

If you have any information which could help officers with their enquiries, please contact the police by emailing 101@DC.police.uk or by calling 101.


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