Man found on beach has been named

He was found on Thursday morning

A man whose body was found on the beach at Cleethorpes has been identified as Leeds United fan Gary Simpson.

Flowers left on the Promenade

Mr Simpson, believed to be in his 40s, had been out watching the Leeds United championship play-off game against Derby County in the hours before his death.

He was reported missing after watching the game in a bar on TV. The match finished around 9.45pm on Wednesday night.

At the weekend floral tributes were placed on the Promenade including one with Leeds United scarves.

Leeds United scarves around the floral tribute.

Mr Simpson, identified locally, is believed to have been working in the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area with family members.

The group had gone to watch the key Leeds game, the second leg of a match to reach the Championship play-off final. Leeds, playing at their home ground Elland Road, lost 4-3 after a dramatic comeback by Derby.

It is then thought Mr Simpson, a passionate Leeds fan, was separated from the group.

His body was discovered on the beach about 100-metres from shore by a jogger early on Thursday. They then alerted a passing motorist who called the emergency services.

Mans body found on beach.

Family members have posted touching messages and tributes to Mr Simpson on social media.

Investigations are continuing into  how the man died

A section of the beach was cordoned off by the emergency services after the discovery on Thursday. Coastguard and police were later joined by detectives and scenes of crime teams at the scene.

Humberside police have said they were treating the death as ‘unexplained’.

A spokesperson said: “Crews from the Coastguard and ambulance service also attended. A cordon was put in place while our investigation got underway.

“It’s thought the man hadn’t been in the water for very long.

“Enquiries are in their very early stages and we are currently treating the man’s death as unexplained.”

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 111 of 17/05/19.

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