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Ipswich: Woman who fell from Orwell bridge is named

14:49 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.

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  • RIP Anne Williams, my thoughts are with you and your family and friends who I know will be devastated right now. I am also sorry that this bridge was still an option.

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