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Body recovered from River Kennet in Newbury

Police believe body is that of missing Thatcham man Steve Holland

John Herring

John Herring


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Body recovered from River Kennet in Newbury

POLICE have recovered the body of a man from the River Kennet in Newbury today (Thursday).

Officers have said that although the body has not yet been identified, it is believed it is that of Steve Holland, who has been missing since December 8.

His next of kin have been informed, and the death is currently being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

The 59-year-old was last seen leaving the Slug and Lettuce pub in Newbury at 11.15pm on December 8.

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  • Sysiphus's Apprentice

    25/12/2017 - 12:12

    The canal has been there for over 200 years and all of a sudden it is a safety risk ? People need to be responsible not only for their actions but the effect of that action on others . It is sad whenever a death is preventable but just think of the number who lose their lives on the road and no one suggests we stop people using cars . Constructing a fence is plain ludicrous .


  • scooberdoo3

    23/12/2017 - 16:04

    I bet you wouldn't be so quick to say that if it was a close relative of yours that feel in and drowned. There's nothing liberal about me i can assure you. If people keep falling in as drowning then there is clearly an issue that needs addressing, fences, lighting whatever, something need doing. Those two people aren't the first to end up being pulledout of there deceased for sure.


  • Ajwatson

    22/12/2017 - 08:08

    Fences along the canal? Jesus. How about some personal responsibility...


    • Justin S

      22/12/2017 - 09:09

      Or even a bit of lighting ? If this is used at night , then perhaps the council should consider the safety issues of the path. It is more dangerous than a path near a road


      • NewburyLad

        22/12/2017 - 11:11

        One thing that IS wrong and it should be checked out, the very bright spotlight/floodlight that shines from the boat yard on the other side of the canal. Last time I walked that route (admittedly many months ago), the light shone directly across the canal into my eyes making it impossible to see the footpath for about 10 yards. Their security lighting should be shining ONLY onto their property and not blinding people anywhere else. I don't know if it is still like that.


  • Sunny1

    21/12/2017 - 21:09

    Such sad news , my thoughts and prayers are with his family .


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