Police find body in search for missing Durham University student Luke Pearce

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A BODY, thought to be that of missing student Luke Pearce, was found in the River Wear in Durham today.

Members of Durham Amateur Rowing Club reported seeing a body in the river near to Baths Bridge, in the Elvet Riverside area of the city.

It was spotted on the St Hild and St Bede College side of the Wear, beneath the riverbanks footpath, at 8.45am, a week after the 19-year-old Durham University student was reported missing following a night out in the city.

Since concern was raised last Sunday police have been co-ordinating a major search along the river in the city in an effort to try to find the first-year undergraduate, who hails from Hounslow, in Surrey.

He was studying engineering and was a member of St Cuthbert’s Society at the university.

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2:04pm Sun 18 May 14

punkrocker says...

So sad. God bless and thoughts go to his family and friends. I myself have daughters at university.
So sad. God bless and thoughts go to his family and friends. I myself have daughters at university. punkrocker
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7:04pm Sun 18 May 14

shop steward says...

maybe its time to do something about the railings along the river banks in Durham City, alcohol and rivers are not a good combination, and to many talented gifted young people have lost their lives, condolances to this young mans family and friends
maybe its time to do something about the railings along the river banks in Durham City, alcohol and rivers are not a good combination, and to many talented gifted young people have lost their lives, condolances to this young mans family and friends shop steward
  • Score: 4

7:04pm Sun 18 May 14

Blankface says...

A bit of common sense appears to he a miss here.
Getting trollied then staggering home along the river only to then fall in after falling over due to being trollied.
RIP mate, gone too soon.
A bit of common sense appears to he a miss here. Getting trollied then staggering home along the river only to then fall in after falling over due to being trollied. RIP mate, gone too soon. Blankface
  • Score: 0

11:28pm Sun 18 May 14

Voice-of-reality says...

A great shame but railings are not the answer - students have happily drunk in Durham since 1832 and a few accidents - though tragic - should be seen as exactly that - accidents - caused by mistakes. One can but hope that future generations of students will learn from this sorry event and that there will not be an over zealous Health and safety response.
A great shame but railings are not the answer - students have happily drunk in Durham since 1832 and a few accidents - though tragic - should be seen as exactly that - accidents - caused by mistakes. One can but hope that future generations of students will learn from this sorry event and that there will not be an over zealous Health and safety response. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 3

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