Wakefield: River Calder death tragedy man had been living on a barge

UNDERWATER SEARCH: Mr Wraith lived on the River Calder.

UNDERWATER SEARCH: Mr Wraith lived on the River Calder.

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Police have identified the man found dead in the River Calder near Wakefield city centre as 47-year-old Andrew Wraith.

Mr Wraith had been living on a barge which was moored on the river off Thornes Lane, close to the Hepworth art gallery.

He was reported missing to police at around 5pm on Monday. (Oct 22)

A specialist West Yorkshire Police underwater search team recovered his body from the water at 11am on Wednesday. (Oct 24)

It is believed Mr Wraith may have slipped and fallen in to the water. A post mortem examination will be carried out to determine the cause of death.

An inquest opening will follow at Wakefield Coroner’s Court.

Police have said they do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen Mr Wraith before the incident, or who may have witnessed him enter the water, to get in touch.

Call police at Wakefield via 101, or call Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.

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