Tributes to cliff plunge death of Doncaster political hopeful

A general view of Beachy Head lighthouse near Eastbourne.
A general view of Beachy Head lighthouse near Eastbourne.
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Heartfelt tributes have been paid to an aspiring politician who is believed to have plunged to his death from a cliff top on the south coast.

s The body of Conisbrough man Robert Bower, 25, was discovered at the foot of cliffs at Beachy Head in Sussex - a notorious suicide spot.

Mr Bower, of Old Mill Road, was a member of the UK Independence Party and was hoping to stand as a candidate in next year’s local elections.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said: “This is desperately sad news. My thoughts are with the family.”

Mr Bower’s Twitter account revealed he was a prospective candidate for the Mexborough ward in the 2014 elections.

Sussex Police said the force had been alerted by South Yorkshire Police that Mr Bower was thought to be heading for Sussex.

A search was launched after his car was found in the main car park at the top of Beachy Head at about 5pm on Friday, November 1.

A coastguard helicopter checked the area that evening, but the search was stood down at 11.30pm.

Shortly after 10am last Saturday morning, coastguards found his body at the bottom of the cliffs and the Eastbourne inshore lifeboat was called to recover it.

A spokesman for the East Sussex coroner Alan Craze said a post mortem examination had taken place.

An inquest was opened and adjourned at Eastbourne Law Courts on Tuesday.

Friends and family are due to attend the funeral service at Rotherham Crematorium this morning.