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North Burlingham church death man named

PUBLISHED: 17:10 11 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:55 03 July 2010

THE 27-year-old man who was found dead in the grounds of a Norfolk church on Wednesday was named by police today as Stephen Monument of Beighton Road, Acle.

THE 27-year-old man who was found dead in the grounds of a Norfolk church on Wednesday was named by police today as Stephen Monument of Beighton Road, Acle.

Mr Monument's body was found on a pathway at St Andrew's Church, North Burlingham, near Norwich, just before 10am.

He is believed to have got into the 15th century church by breaking a window and then climbed its tower and tried to abseil down it.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

A floral tribute by the left by church read “Our Stephen. We all love you so much. Mum, Dad, Tracey, Cheryl, Robert and families XXX”.

Yesterday the rector of St Andrew's Church the Rev Martin Greenland said: “It is a tragic thing that has happened. I do not want to speculate on what he was doing up there until the investigation is finished.”

St Andrew's holds two services a month and has a regular congregation of about six. Ten years ago an appeal raised £57,000 to restore the tower, including new stone work.

Church warden Valerie Knights opened up the church for the police after a walker discovered the body on a church pathway.

The East of England Ambulance service sent an air ambulance and two response vehicles to St Andrew's Church at 9.50am but Mr Monument was already dead when they arrived.

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