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Family of Triathlete speak of their devastation

The family of Paul Galligawk pay tribute to a 'brilliant son'. Credit: Facebook

The family of Paul Gallihawk who died while competing in the swimming leg of a triathlon have spoken of their devastation.

Words cannot express how we feel and what Paul meant not only to us but to all of his family and friends.

Paul was a brilliant son and brother to Nick. He would do anything to help anyone and would always put them first. He had such a caring nature and will be sadly missed by all the family, extended family and friends.

– Malcolm and Linda Gallihawk , parents and Nick Gallihawk, brother

His girlfriend, Hayley Wright, added: "Paul and I had been together for five years and he was the most amazing and thoughtful partner. He was incredible in every way and he always put others before himself. I loved him to bits and always will."

The 34-year-old disappeared during a 750m swim at the start of the Ocean Lake Triathlon at Leybourne Lakes in Kent on Saturday morning.

The hunt for Mr Gallihawk, from Maidstone, resumed this morning and his body was later found in the lake by search teams.


Body found in search for missing triathlete

Paul Gallihawk was participating in the Ocean Lake Triathlon when he disappeared. Credit: Facebook

Police searching for a man who went missing while competing in the swimming leg of a triathlon have found a body.

Paul Gallihawk, 34, was participating in the Ocean Lake Triathlon at Leybourne Lakes in Kent, when he disappeared.

A huge search operation was launched involving police divers, the fire service and the National Police Air Service.

A Kent Police spokesman said on Monday: "Officers conducting a search for a 34-year-old man who was taking part in a triathlon at Leybourne Lakes on Saturday, 29 August, have this morning discovered a body.

"Formal identification is yet to take place but the next of kin of the missing triathlete have been notified of the discovery."

Eight arrested on suspicion of smuggling guns into UK

Seven men and a woman are being questioned by police. Credit: PA

Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling guns into the UK.

Seven men and a woman, aged between 24 and 58, are being questioned by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of an investigation into the suspected importation of firearms.

A number of potentially workable firearms and ammunition had been seized near the marina and sent for forensic tests, the NCA said.

The spokesman added: "The investigation, which relates to the criminal use of firearms, continues."


Rochester man arrested for terror offences

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in Rochester, Kent, on suspicion of supporting a 'proscribed' organisation, the South East Counter-Terrorism Unit said.

He is being questioned at a police station in the Kent area following what officers said was a "pre-planned" operation not linked to any immediate threat in the UK.

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