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Ian Tang: Police praise 'fantastic' volunteers who joined search for missing man as body found

It's thought that 250 people turned up to the search. Credit: ITV News Anglia/Norfolk Police

Hundreds of volunteers who turned out to search for a man who went missing in North Walsham have been praised for their "absolutely fantastic" community spirit by police.

An estimated 250 people gathered on Tuesday morning to try and find 20-year-old Ian Tang who was last seen by friends leaving Club KA in the town early on Sunday morning.

One of the volunteers later found a body, believed to be that of Mr Tang, at nearby Swafield just an hour after the search got underway.

Officers are not currently treating the death as suspicious.

Despite the search ultimately ending in tragedy, Chief Insp Wes Hornigold said he was touched to see how many people had given up their time to support the investigation.

"I think it was absolutely fantastic, there was a real community spirit around," he said.

"I think people really came out in force. They were willing to give up their time to come out and help. It was a real testament to the community of North Walsham.

"We have taken the time to speak to everybody who came out and say thank you very much, but I think our complete thoughts are with Ian's family at this moment in time."