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Dive team to assist search for swimmer

An underwater dive team from Avon and Somerset Police is on its way from Bristol to Bridgnorth to help search for a swimmer who went missing last night.

They will concentrate on a 100-metre stretch close to where the man was last seen near the old rowing club along the River Severn.

Experts say the water is 15 feet deep in places with strong currents.

"Police officers resumed the search at first light today and a police dive team from Avon and Somerset is travelling to Bridgnorth to assist.”

– Inspector Mark Reilly, West Mercia Police

Police have previously warned of the dangers of swimming in rivers, quarry pools and lakes during the hot weather.

“We would again urge people not to be tempted. Such waters may appear inviting but can be extremely dangerous, often with strong currents or hidden obstacles”.

– Inspector Mark Reilly, West Mercia Police



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Family tribute to murder victim

Richard Sherratt Credit: West Mercia Police

The family of Bridgnorth murder victim Richard Sherratt paid tribute him.

Mr Sherratt's three adult children - Tom, Joseph and Jennie Sherratt - also thanked people for all the support and kind messages they had received since their father's death.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our father. He was a loving son, brother and father."He will always be remembered for his jovial spirit, strong character and generous nature."

Mr Sherratt, 57, who had recently moved to Bridgnorth from the Stourbridge area, was found dead at his home in Old School Mews, Bridgnorth on Thursday 14 June 2012.

Three people - a woman and two men - were arrested two days later and have appeared in court charged with his murder.

All three have been remanded in custody and will appear before Shrewsbury Crown Court on Monday 25 June 2012.

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