River body identified as that of missing South Yorkshire OAP

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THE body of a man recovered from the River Don at Marshgate in Doncaster on Tuesday evening by a Royal Air Force helicopter crew has been formally identified as that of Ernest Lancaster from Rotherham.

Mr Lancaster, aged 82, of Brinsworth, went missing three weeks ago. He suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Mr Lancaster’s family had been kept informed since the body was first sighted near Sprotbrough Falls on Sunday.

They thanked all the agencies who helped with the investigation.

Meanwhile a man whose car careered into a ditch during the torrential rain in Doncaster last weekend has died.

Medical investigations are still ongoing to establish a cause of death, as it is believed the man may have been taken ill at the wheel.

The 49-year-old from Thorne has not been named by South Yorkshire Police.

The incident happened at 10.44am last Sunday during continuous heavy rain which led to parts of Doncaster being placed on flood alert.

The man was driving a black Ford Ka along Kirton Lane towards Thorne when his vehicle apparently veered onto the opposite side of the road and left the carriageway, around 50 metres the Stainforth side of the junction with Ellesmere Grove.

The car mounted a grassed verge and came to rest in a ditch.

The driver was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary, where he died on Monday.

Initial inquiries revealed he may have taken ill at the wheel. But, although a post-mortem examination has been carried out, the cause of death has not been established.

Doncaster Coroner’s Office says there may not be an inquest if it is found he died from natural causes.

Officers are still appealing for witnesses to the crash or the driving beforehand. Call police on 101 quoting 372 of April 29.