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Body of woman found in river in Hadleigh

PUBLISHED: 14:41 24 March 2019 | UPDATED: 18:23 24 March 2019

Forensic vehicles have also been spotted at the scene but a wide cordon is in place to allow the police to carry out an investigation Picture: CHARLOTTE SMITH-JARVIS

Forensic vehicles have also been spotted at the scene but a wide cordon is in place to allow the police to carry out an investigation Picture: CHARLOTTE SMITH-JARVIS

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The body of a woman has been found in the River Brett in Hadleigh.

Three police cars are in attendance at the scene in Corks Lane, Hadleigh Picture: CHARLOTTE SMITH-JARVISThree police cars are in attendance at the scene in Corks Lane, Hadleigh Picture: CHARLOTTE SMITH-JARVIS

Officers were called shortly after 9.50am, Sunday, March 24, to reports that a member of the public had discovered a woman’s body in the river.

Emergency services were called to the location. However, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained but police do not believe it to be suspicious.

A cordon was in place while police, forensics teams and ambulance crews worked at the scene in Cork Lane, near the former Babergh District Council offices.

The cordon is in place in Corks Lane, close to the old Babergh District Council offices and allotments to the north of Hadleigh Picture: CHARLOTTE SMITH-JARVISThe cordon is in place in Corks Lane, close to the old Babergh District Council offices and allotments to the north of Hadleigh Picture: CHARLOTTE SMITH-JARVIS

The cordon also left a nearby children’s play area inaccessible while police carried out their work.

Corks Lane leads to the River Walk footpath which runs parallel to the River Brett which runs through the town.

Three police cars, an ambulance and an ambulance vehicle from the East of England Ambulance Service attended the scene.

The ambulance service has been approached for comment.

Council leaders expressed shock and sadness at the news.

Kathryn Grandon, district councillor for Hadleigh South ward, said: “I’m relieved that there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances, but it is always very sad to hear such a thing at all.

“I couldn’t quite believe when I heard the news, I was quite surprised and shocked.

“I am sure that the whole of Hadleigh will be very sad to hear about it.

“I think I could speak on behalf of everyone in the town when I say we are sending our thoughts to the friends and family of the woman at this very sad time.”

Mick Fraser, county councillor for Hadleigh, said: “It is a tragic incident, which has come as a shock to the community.

“We await further details but our thoughts go out to the family, we are all thinking about them at this time.

“Hadleigh is a close community, where people know each other and it has really left us a little bit stunned.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk police on 101 quoting CAD number 122 of 24 March.

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