UPDATE: Man who drowned in Old River Nene, March, is identified

THE man who drowned in the river near March town centre on Saturday has been identified as Simon Laurence Peters.

The 39-year-old’s body was discovered in the Old River Nene, close to the Royal British Legion Club in West End, at 11am. Mr Peters, of Yarrow Close, March, was a labourer and carer.

Police are continuing to appeal for the public’s help and inquiries have been carried out to establish how he came to be in the river. The death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

Det Chief Insp Jon Betts said: “I would appeal to anyone who has any information to call police.

“In particular, we would like to hear from anyone who was in the West End area of the town after 11.30pm on Friday.”

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CONTACT: Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

An inquest into the death is due to open tomorrow.

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The discovery was made in March the day after the body of a missing 65-year-old Peterborough man was found in the Fengate section of the River Nene.

The police and fire service had been searching for Barry Monk, of Skaters Way in Werrington, since Thursday.

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