May 28, 2019 10.06 am This story is over 54 months old

Family pay tribute to man found dead on beach

Mystery still surrounds his death

Family and friends have paid tribute to a 49-year-old man after his body was found on a beach in Cleethorpes.

As previously reported, Humberside Police were called on May 17 after a body was discovered near to Wonderland.

Officers have now officially named the man who died as Gary Simpson, who was out with friends watching Leeds United in the Championship semi final game against Derby.

He is thought to have been split from the group and was reported missing before a body matching Gary’s description was found on the beach.

Police are still investigating how Gary died. They are asking for anyone who saw him between May 15 and May 17 to call 101, quoting incident 111.

Gary was wearing a dark blue Adidas t-shirt, dark blue jeans, and black Adidas Samba trainers with three white stripes on each side at the time of his death.

He may have also been wearing a khaki green Nike tracksuit jacket with dark patches on the shoulders.

Wayne Cunningham from Meanwood Amateur Boxing Club said: “He is one of the four brothers that boxed for the club over 30 years ago.

“Gary was a massive supporter in the rejuvenation of our club showing support and attending bouts for the boxers of our new era.

“My last encounter and conversation with Gary was a memorable one. He was very enthusiastic with how our boxers boxed, which showed his passion and enthusiasm for the future of the club. ”

Margaret Leary also said: “Very sad news indeed. Gary was always a formidable force in the ring and a credit to the club.

“On a personal level too, I have some great memories of those days and would like to pass on my deepest sympathy to all Gary’s family.”

Caroline Cox was among many to share thoughts for those affected on social media: “Condolences to the family and friends of the victim.”