Cliff searched in death probe

Published: Sunday 8th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A police search team is examining a cliff face where a man was killed in a fall.

Jamie Tipper, 28, from the Old Market area of Bristol, died after falling at the Avon Gorge on December 20 last year.

Specially trained officers with the rope access team started searching a section of the 250ft high cliff face earlier today.

Detective Inspector Andy Bevan, who is leading the investigation, said the rope team had been asked to look for “specific items” but did not give any further details.

Mr Tipper’s death is being treated as unexplained and a 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains on police bail.

A small area off Circular Road has been cordoned off to allow the investigative work to take place.

“The team has been tasked to look for specific items relating to the inquiry as a result of new information we’ve received,” Det Insp Bevan said.

The police are also trying to identify a taxi driver who was on the Circular Road on Clifton Down between 7pm and 7.30pm when Mr Tipper fell to his death.

“We believe a member of the public spoke to the taxi driver shortly after Jamie fell to his death and we are yet to trace this taxi driver,” he added.

“In addition we’re trying to trace two men seen walking in the Circular Road area around the time Jamie fell – one was smoking a cigarette while the other was seen near the cliff-edge warning sign.

“These people may hold important information and I would urge them to come forward.”

Published: Sunday 8th February 2015 by The News Editor

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