Luke Griffin beach death memorial match postponed

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Luke Griffin
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Luke Griffin died while on a club tour in Newquay

A football match, which was to have been played in memory of a non-league player whose body was found on a Newquay beach, has had to be postponed.

Luke Griffin, 20, who played for Leonard Stanley FC in Gloucestershire, died in June during the club's annual end-of-season tour.

A game between Leonard Stanley and a Forest Green Rovers team was to have taken place at Slimbridge FC later.

Organisers say they had to re-schedule the match due to a waterlogged pitch.

Mr Griffin's body was found on Great Western Beach on the morning of Saturday 2 June.

'Lasting memorial'

Proceeds of the match were due to go towards Mr Griffin's memorial fund.

Manager of Leonard Stanley, Wayne Bown, said: "We've got a waterlogged pitch unfortunately.

"Everyone's disappointed but we'll keep going and get it re-scheduled.

"We're trying to raise some money towards a lasting memorial, which at the moment looks like it will be a permanent stand at our ground."

Two men from Bedford were arrested by Devon and Cornwall police at the time of Mr Griffin's death, but were later released without charge.

Police said they had "ruled out third-party involvement in the death" and were not treating it as suspicious.

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