Essex

Bradley Arthur: Body of Essex dad found in drainage dyke

Bradley Arthur Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Bradley Arthur is believed to have a left a house party in Grays early on New Year's Day

The body of a man found in a drainage dyke in Essex was that of missing father Bradley Arthur, police have confirmed.

Mr Arthur, 24, from Chafford Hundred, had not been seen since New Year's Day, when he was staying with a friend in Grays.

His body was found in a dyke off Manor Road in Grays on Tuesday.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and police have thanked the many people who helped in the search.

About 100 volunteers joined the search for Mr Arthur on Monday after his parents made an emotional plea for him to get in touch.

A photograph of Mr Arthur's four-month-old son Archie wearing a T-shirt saying "Please find my daddy" was also released by the family in a bid to raise awareness of the search for him.

Parents' tribute

Mr Arthur is believed to have spent New Year's Eve with friends at Orsett Hall and had gone on to Grove Road in Grays to stay with a friend.

It is thought he left the house at about 03:30 GMT on 1 January.

The parents of Bradley Arthur issued a tribute to their son.

It said: "Brad, there are not enough words for us to say how we feel.

"Our hearts are broken and will never mend. Just know that we love you with all that we have and always will.

"We are so very proud of you and you are in our hearts for ever. Shine on through the brightest star. We love you.

"Mum and Dad xxx"

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