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Empty kayak found on River Avon in Saltford

Police are trying to trace the owner of a kayak found empty floating on the River Avon in Saltford.

The blue and white kayak was spotted floating on its side by a member of the public at 12.30 this afternoon.

Police say there's nothing to suggest anyone was in the kayak or is currently missing but they want to locate its owner to confirm no-one is in danger.

A search of the area has taken place and enquiries have been made with local boating clubs.

Anyone with information which may help trace the owner is being asked to call 101 and quote log number 337 of 1 December.

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Death of man found in Saltford "not suspicious"

Police investigating the scene near Saltford where the body was found Credit: ITV News

Police say the death of a man whose body was found near Saltford near Bath on Monday 28 September is not being treated as suspicious.

Formal identification has not taken place but officers believe he was a 41-year-old man from Hertfordshire.

Based on the evidence we now have we are not treating his death as suspicious and we do not believe that any criminality has occurred.

– Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters, Avon & Somerset Police

Saltford death could be linked to an earlier incident in Bath

A member of the public found a body on a footpath off the Bath Road. Credit: ITV News

Police investigating after the body of an unidentified man was found in Saltford say they cannot rule out that the death is linked to an earlier incident which was reported to them involving a man in Bath.

The man was in a distressed state and made comments to a passer-by about a woman who may have been injured or harmed.

The man was in a distressed state.

Police added that they are keen to talk to anyone who recognises the description of the man or who was in the area of Victoria Bridge Road between 3am and 8.30am on Monday.

I recognise this might cause concern within the local community and I would like to reassure people we have a team of officers working on this investigation and our primary aim is to identify the man and find his next of kin.

– Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters, North East Area Commander

Description released of unidentified body found on Monday

Police are trying to identify a man whose body was found on a footpath off the Bath Road in Saltford on Monday 28 September.

His death is currently being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination is under way to find out the cause of death.

A description has been released:

  • white male
  • 30s or 40s
  • slim build
  • shoulder length wavy mousey brown hair
  • dark coloured beard and moustach
  • no tattoos or obvious scars
  • two piercings in his left ear
  • clothing: a beige long sleeve Eisenegger fleece top with a zip from the middle of the chest up, with a small logo on the right arm. Also a pair of beige chino-style trousers, loosely fitted, and a pair of brown Dr Martin walking boots

Police say they are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry including forensic searches and witness statements as they try to find out how this man died.

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Post-mortem examination being held on a man's body found near Saltford

A post-mortem examination is being held on a man's body that was found on a footpath near Saltford.

Officers were called shortly before 8.30am on Monday 28 after a member of the public found a body on a footpath off the Bath Road.

The man’s death is being treated as unexplained Credit: ITV News

Enquires are ongoing to try to identify him and trace his next of kin.

Majority in favour of Saltford station reopening

More than half of people in Saltford want the village train station to be re-opened.

A survey carried out by the local Council found two thirds of residents in the area are in favour of the idea as it would ease the commute to Bath or Bristol.

The plans are part of a wider project by MetroWest to make greater use of local rail links. Some fear it could cause traffic problems for the village.

Pickles calls in plans to build on green belt land

Protesters at the public inquiry into the plans to build on green belt land in Saltford Credit: ITV News West Country

A plan to build 99 homes on green belt land in Saltford near Bath has been called in by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Residents and the local MP have strongly opposed the plan, which they argue could pave the way for far larger developments nearby.

A decison by a planning inspector had been expected this week but the final say now rests with Mr Pickles, who says he wants to assess the impact on the green belt.

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