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Ipswich: Woman who fell from Orwell bridge is named

PUBLISHED: 14:49 31 January 2014 | UPDATED: 18:12 31 January 2014

The Orwell Bridge

The Orwell Bridge

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The woman who died after falling from the Orwell Bridge last week was today named as Anne Williams from Essex.

The 49-year-old’s inquest will be opened on Monday.

Ms Williams, of The Leas Burnham-on-Crouch, was found beneath the bridge shortly at around 1pm on Thursday, January 23.

Her cause of death has been given a multiple injuries consistent with a fall from height.

It is understood Ms Williams had left a car at the bridge.

Her body was found by police after officers and coastguards checked the area below following a call from a member of the public after they had seen someone fall from the parapet.

It was the third time in January that police were called to the bridge over fears for someone’s safety.

On January 2 officers found a bike belonging to Gavin Francis, of Purdis Farm, Kesgrave.

His family, friends and police have been very concerned for his welfare since he went missing at around 5.45pm on December 31 after going for a bike ride.

During the intervening period Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue, the coastguard and Suffolk police, including the force helicopter, have made searches the river, the shoreline and the area around the bridge.

Mr Francis remains listed as missing.

On January 7, another man was talked down by specially-trained officers following four hours of negotiation after he threatened to jump from the bridge.

Police were called to the incident which began just after 7.20pm and ended at around 11.40pm.

The man was taken into medical care at a hospital nearby.

The A14 Felixstowe-bound carriageway was closed for several hours during the stand-off.

Police are at the scene of a two-vehicle collision in Ipswich involving a car and a van.

A motorist who consumed a cocktail of drugs before causing a crash on a Suffolk road which left a woman with “life-changing injuries” has been jailed for 28 months.

Essex County Council is calling for a fairer funding deal after a new report reveals residents receive 66% less funding than people in London.

An 18-year-old man was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a two-car crash in Colchester this morning.

Sunday’s inaugural Great East Run will see 3,000 runners tackling the half marathon course around Ipswich town centre, out to Freston and back.

Officials behind the Stars of Suffolk awards are urging people to make nominations for carer of the year.

Three six-year-old boys from Stonham Aspal Primary School have taken on a gruelling and muddy obstacle course to raise money for Blesma, the limbless veterans charity.

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