Tributes to tragic teenager

COMMUNITIES across Suffolk are in mourning after the body of a 15-year-old boy was discovered in the River Blyth near Southwold.The discovery, on Sunday evening, brought an end to a massive search for Rory Unwin-Rose, of Cretingham, near Framlingham.

COMMUNITIES across Suffolk are in mourning after the body of a 15-year-old boy was discovered in the River Blyth near Southwold.

The discovery, on Sunday evening, brought an end to a massive search for Rory Unwin-Rose, of Cretingham, near Framlingham.

Rory was last seen at a beach party at Walberswick, near Southwold, during the early hours of Thursday, August 7.

A large-scale search of the area involving police officers, coastguards, lifeboat crews and the Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue Team, failed to find any trace of Rory.


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However, on Sunday evening a body of a teenage boy was discovered in the nearby River Blyth by a member of the public.

The body was taken to the mortuary of the James Paget Hospital at Gorleston.

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Official identification will take place later this week. A police spokesman said: "While identification has yet to take place, police believe it is missing teenager Rory Unwin Rose."

At this stage, there are thought to be no suspicious circumstances.

Rory had been enjoying an all-night party on the beach at Walberswick with his friends including those from Woodbridge School where he was a pupil.

Headteacher at the school, Stephen Cole, said everyone who knew Rory were shocked and saddened by the tragedy.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Unwin-Rose family.

"The school has kept a close contact with events through the Chaplain who will be providing a counselling service for the other pupils from this and other schools who were present at the party," said Mr Cole.

Prayers for Rory and his family were said at St Peter's Church, Cretingham, on Sunday before the discovery of the body.

The Rev Clare Sanders, the rector at St Peter's, will now be helping to support Rory's family and his many friends in the village.

The loss of the teenager was also felt at Ipswich Rugby Club where Rory was a promising player with the under-15 squad.

Club president Roy Steward said the whole club would feel the loss of a young and promising player.

"Rory was well liked and everyone at the club is saddened to hear of this tragedy. It is very sad when a club loses one of its young players in such tragic circumstances," he said.

Although Rory had been injured for some of last season he had already shown a great deal of promise as a rugby player.

"I have no doubt that Rory would have gone on to become a fine rugby player and sportsman. Ipswich Rugby Club would like to pass on its sincere condolences to Rory's family," added Mr Steward.

Rory's family have been kept informed of all developments.

The Lowestoft Coroner has been informed of the death and an inquest will be held at a later date.

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