Shock after ‘body’ found in north Suffolk road

A radio presenter has spoken of his shock after he found a 'body' lying in a rural country road.

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Matt Marvell and his wife Zoe were driving on the B1117 from Eye to Stradbroke on Monday evening when they noticed an object ahead.

Mr Marvell, 33, said another driver had parked up near to what appeared to be a body, but the woman was too afraid to get out of her car.

Upon closer inspection, the 'body' turned out to be a dummy that had been dressed up in hooded top, trousers, shoes and gloves. It was also covered with fake blood.

Police came and removed the object, which Mr Marvell said may have been left in the road as a 'prank'.

Mr Marvell said his wife had been left in shock by the unsettling incident.

'I thought I had to do something and bent down to check the pulse, but it soon became apparent what it was. I started trying to drag it out of the road and then the police turned up.'

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'It's horrible. You are acting in good faith because you want to help someone, but then you think you've been had.

'Zoe was very much shaken up by it and she is a pretty tough girl.'

A police spokesman said no reports of criminal activity had been received in the area.

He said: 'Just prior to 8pm on Monday, January 31, police received a call from a member of the public that a life-sized dummy was lying at the side of Cookley Road, in Eye.'

'Police attended and removed the dummy from the road. We have received no reports of any scams or hoaxes involving the use of these objects.'