Aspiring politician plunges to his death

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A young aspiring politician from Doncaster is believed to have plunged to his death from a cliff top on the south coast.

The body of Conisbrough man Robert Bower, aged 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.

Michael Andrews, aged 64, chairman of UKIP Doncaster, said party members were in a state of shock.

He told The Star: “We were very saddened to hear the news, it is extremely tragic.

“I first knew about it when a member of the family phoned me to tell me. I had no clue he was troubled.”

He added Mr Bower worked in IT and had been an active member of the party for about 18 months.

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 last Friday.

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 in to recover it.

Sussex police have identified him officially.

A spokesman for the force said: “Officers are not treating his death as suspicious and the case has been passed to the coroner’s officer.”

A spokeswoman for the East Sussex Coroner Alan Craze said a post mortem examination has taken place.

An inquest is due to be opened at Eastbourne Law Courts on Tuesday.

The funeral service is due to be held at Rotherham Crematorium next Thursday morning.

A number of tributes have been left on Mr Bower’s Facebook page.

Matt Watkin described him as a ‘true gentleman’ and said: “RIP mate, my thoughts go out to your family and close friends.”

Emma Biggins said: “Cannot believe what I am reading here, it makes no sense to me. Gone way too soon.”

Ash Sutton wrote: “RIP mate. Will never forget the laughs and good times we had. You will always be in our memories and in our hearts.”

Charlie Bower, thought to be his brother, said: “Missing you already big bro xx.”