Body in River identified as missing student

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Tributes pour in for 20-year-old Gurdeep Hayer

THE body of a man found in a Manchester river has been identified as that of missing student Gurdeep Hayer.

The 20-year-old, from West Bromwich, had not been seen after spending New Years Day with friends in the city.

Police confirmed his body had been found in the river near to York Street in the city centre.

There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and a Home Office post-mortem is due to take place later this week.

Mr Hayer was a first-year business student at Glyndwr University.

They paid tribute to Mr Hayer describing him as a “popular and talented student whose loss will be felt by all who knew him”.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Scott said: “I was fortunate enough to spend some time speaking to Gurdeep shortly before Christmas.

“We discussed our shared roots in the West Midlands and it was clear how much he enjoyed university life and how well-liked he was by his peers.

“The thoughts of everyone at Glyndwr University are with Gurdeep’s family at this tragic time.”

Student President Adam Fuller added: “Gurdeep was an extremely popular figure at the university, and particularly in the Wrexham Village accommodation where he lived.

“On behalf of all Glyndwr University students I wish to send my condolences to Gurdeep’s family.”

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