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Body found in search for missing Chafford Hundred man Bradley Arthur

PUBLISHED: 16:31 06 January 2015 | UPDATED: 14:01 09 January 2015

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Police searching for missing Chafford Hundred man Bradley Arthur have recovered a body in Grays.

Officers from Essex Police’s Marine Unit were carrying out a search of a drainage dyke off Manor Road when the body was discovered just before 11am today.

Bradley Arthur, 24, from Chafford Hundred, was last seen at a house party in Grove Road, Grays around 3.30am on New Year’s Day and had not been seen since.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Baxter, who has been leading the search said: “The body has not been formally identified at this time but we have suspended our search for Bradley. His family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this very distressing time.

“We would like to thank everyone who has assisted in the search for Bradley, especially those people who helped officers carry out searches in the Grays area and also the media and the many people who offered information through our appeals on social media.”

DCI Baxter said that the death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Residents of Chafford Hundred and beyond have come together over the past five days in the search for the missing man who became a father just two months ago.

Hundreds of local volunteers met police daily at the Sandmartin pub in Chafford Hundred to search for missing Bradley, and Facebook and Twitter have been bombarded with messages offering support.

Hours before police discovered the body, Bradley’s brother Mitchell, 19, tweeted a picture of Bradley’s son Archie with the message: “If anyone knows anything at all about Brad’s whereabout please let someone know, for this little boys sake.”

Celebrities including presenter Rylan Clark and TOWIE’s Gemma Collins are among those to have tweeted support for the search.

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