Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: -2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Bike found near Orwell Bridge during search for missing Gavin Francis from Purdis Farm

09:26 03 January 2014

Police are searching for missing Gavin Francis, 44, from Purdis Farm, Ipswich

Police are searching for missing Gavin Francis, 44, from Purdis Farm, Ipswich

Archant

A bicycle believed to belong to missing Ipswich man Gavin Francis has been found near the Orwell Bridge.

The bike was discovered yesterday, although no trace of Mr Francis was found during a search of the River Orwell, coastguards and police have said.

The 44-year-old was reported missing by his family after not being seen since around 5.45pm on New Year’s Eve when he left his home address in Purdis Farm to go for a bike ride.

Mr Francis is described as white, 6ft tall, of average build, with dark brown receding hair, blue eyes and is clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a navy blue lycra cycling top with a white stripe down the side and navy blue lycra cycling shorts.

Police are appealing for Mr Francis or anyone who knows where he is to get in contact immediately.

If you can help please call Ipswich Police on 101.

1 comment

  • Please please let Gavin be found ok. I am thinking positives for you.

    Report this comment

    richie w

    Friday, January 3, 2014

The scene of a stand-off in Crowfield. Image: Glen Marney

A quiet Suffolk village is in lockdown this afternoon as a police stand-off which began at 11.15pm yesterday continues.

Traffic on the A12 at Farnham - part of the road north is to be renamed the A47.

One of Suffolk’s three most important roads is set to get shorter.

Burglary spike in December

A senior detective has warned residents to be vigilant after burglaries in Suffolk increased by 40% in December.

The Blooming Fuchsia at the junction of Fuchsia Lane and Foxhall Road, Ipswich, in the 1980s - Photo by Albert Gonzalez

Dozens of public houses have closed in Ipswich in recent years. The pace of losses has now slowed and many community pubs are run by volunteers. 
This week David Kindred looks back at the two in particular - The Old Bell, which stood at the junction of Stoke Street, Vernon Street and Bell Lane, and Blooming Fuchsia in Foxhall Road.

Visit Essex has published a series of images from the air. Cressing

A series of stunning aerial photographs showing diversity in Essex have been released by the county’s tourism organisation.

KT Tunstall on the main stage at Latitude

Music lovers heading to Jimmy’s Festival at his farm in Wherstead this summer are in for a treat – festival favourite KT Tunstall has been booked as a headliner.

From left to right: Nicky Willshire (Citizen’s Advice), Mandy Abdel-Aziz, Tim Holder  (Suffolk Community Foundation) Teresa Howarth, Sue Hall (Warm Homes Healthy People)

Vulnerable older people in Suffolk are missing out on a million pounds worth of benefits they did not know they could claim.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24