Inquest opened into marina death

Edward Gillespie went missing before Christmas Credit: Essex Police

The inquest into the death of 38-year-old Edward Gillespie from Luton has been opened and adjourned. Mr Gillespie went missing following an office party at Roydon Marina before Christmas. His body was recovered from the water on January 26.

His mother paid tribute to him, saying: "No words can express my feelings at the moment. I doubt if I will ever come to terms with the loss of Ed but I have drawn some small comfort over the past weeks from the kindness and help that so many people have shown me.

I would like to thank the police for everything they have done since Ed first went missing and everyone else who helped in the search for him. I would also like to thank people for their thoughts and prayers and the support of all Edward's friends."