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Body discovered in Hampton-in-Arden thought to be that of missing pensioner Anthony Arnold

A BODY recovered from the River Blythe near Hampton-in-Arden on Monday is thought to be that of a pensioner from Sheldon who had been missing for a week.

A BODY recovered from the River Blythe near Hampton-in-Arden on Monday is thought to be that of a pensioner from Sheldon who had been missing for a week.

Anthony Edward Arnold, aged 76, left his home in Boyne Road at 10am on February 9, saying he was going to the launderette at The Radleys in Sheldon.

He was driving a blue Nissan Micra but nothing was seen of him after that, and he was reported missing from home.

Police appealed for Mr Arnold to contact them or his family to confirm he was safe.

Last week, officers searched an area around Marsh Lane in Hampton, close to the river, where Mr Arnold’s car was found, apparently abandoned. A police helicopter was brought in to assist the search.

The operation continued into this week, with West Midlands Ambulance Service personnel helping the police. The body was found in the river - swollen by recent heavy rain - on Monday afternoon.

An ambulance service spokeswoman said: “Crews walked through waterlogged ground along the bank of the river for some distance before they found a man in the water.

“The man was pulled from the river but unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

A police spokesman said yesterday: “The man found in the river has not been formally identified yet. The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

 

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