Bridge jump woman's family thankful for support

FAMILY members of a young woman who died after falling from the Orwell Bridge today issued their thanks for the messages of support they have received.

FAMILY members of a young woman who died after falling from the Orwell Bridge today issued their thanks for the messages of support they have received.

Laura Garner, of North Hill Gardens, Ipswich, died on June 10 after landing on a concrete structure at the bottom of a bridge support.

Laura, who was around 20-years-old and worked as a financial services advisor for Experiences Connect in Whitehouse Road, Ipswich, was said by colleagues to have an “infectious smile” and a “lovely personality”.

Her family issued a message of thanks to those who have sent kind messages since news of the tragedy broke.


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In a brief statement, they said: “We would like to thank everyone for their messages of support.”

Tributes have flooded in since Laura's death, with messages from friends as well as strangers who were moved by the story.

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Bouquets have been laid on top of the bridge by friends. One card left with the flowers said: “Laura, I'll never forget how happy you always made me.”

Another reads: “I will always remember the good times we had”.

Tributes left on this website included one from Claire Curlew, who said: “My heart goes out to the family and friends of the young girl.”

Sarah Woolven added: “Rest in peace and condolences to your family at this time. I did not know you personally, but you were known to other members of my family who are very upset to hear of what has happened.”

A memorial and private burial, which will be attended by family and close friends only, will be held on June 24.

Police said they were not treating the incident as suspicious and an inquest is due to be held into her death in due course.

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