Shropshire

River Severn safety report finished before second death

Hayden Reynolds-Evans
Image caption Hayden Reynolds-Evans went missing in February and was found dead in March

A safety assessment of the River Severn called for after a teenager's death was completed before another body was found in the river, it has been confirmed.

A petition called for the Severn to be fenced off in Shrewsbury after Hayden Reynolds-Evans, 18, was found dead in the river in the town in March.

The petition called for the river to be fenced off throughout Shrewsbury but a second body was found on Friday.

Shropshire Council said it was unable to say when the report was finished.

'Meeting friends'

Police said on Monday the latest body was that of missing 24-year-old Joshua Wreford, who was last seen in Shrewsbury town centre on Wednesday after leaving The Source Vodka Bar.

Mr Reynolds-Evans was found dead more than a month after he was last seen when he visited the Albion Vaults Pub in the town on 1 February.

He was supposed to be meeting friends at The Bird In Hand pub at Coton Hill, but did not arrive.

A council spokesman said now the assessment had been completed, the council would consider how to act on it. The report has not been made public.

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