Body reportedly spotted in river at Newton Poppleford

Police on the scene in Newton Poppleford. Picture: Clarissa Place

Police on the scene in Newton Poppleford. Picture: Clarissa Place - Credit: Archant

The body of a man has been reportedly seen in the river in Newton Poppleford.

The body of a man has been reportedly seen in the river in Newton Poppleford.

Emergency services were called by a member of the public who reported she saw a body in the water while walking over a footbridge near Back Lane at about 3.20pm on Tuesday (December 11).

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “Local units and offices are now attending the area to see if they can locate a body.”

Bryan Rayner said: “My wife Pauline was walking over the footbridge to the Post Office going from Harpford towards Back Lane in Newton Poppleford. She said she saw a man’s body in the water but she couldn’t be sure if he was alive or not.

Police on the scene in Newton Poppleford. Picture: Clarissa Place

Police on the scene in Newton Poppleford. Picture: Clarissa Place - Credit: Archant


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“She was very shocked and she went and knocked door so she could report it as soon as possible.”

Sergeant Andy Squires said: “At the moment we have got an unconfirmed sighting that a male body has been seen floating down the river. We have to treat it as genuine. We arrived about 3.30pm, ten minutes after the initial call.”

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An air ambulance has been spotted on the scene along with police officers, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and South Western Ambulance Service who are all helping to undertake a search of the area.

Eye witnesses have reported spotted emergency services on the scene in a boat and two helicopters.

A police helicopter flying over Newton Poppleford. Picture: Clarissa Place

A police helicopter flying over Newton Poppleford. Picture: Clarissa Place - Credit: Archant

More to follow.

Police on the scene in Newton Poppleford. Picture: Clarissa Place

Police on the scene in Newton Poppleford. Picture: Clarissa Place - Credit: Archant

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