York river victim named: police and family appeal for information

Craig Batters and his dog Kyla
3 Jan 2017 @ 9.19 am
| News

York police have identified the man whose body was recovered from the river on New Year’s Day.

He was Craig Darren Batters, 42, of York.

Police are appealing for information to help trace his movements.

At 1.30pm on Sunday 1 January 2017, officers were called by a member of the public reporting that they had seen a body in the River Ouse near Holly Terrace, York.

The River Ouse looking towards Millennium Bridge. Photograph: YorkMix
A member of the public spotted the body while walking on Holly Terrace

With the assistance of the Fire and Rescue Service, the body of a man was recovered from the water a short time later.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have had contact with Craig between Friday 30 December 2016 and Sunday 1 January 2017 to get in touch.

His sister Andrea Benson said:

Myself and my family are appealing for information to help trace Craig’s final movements prior to Craig being recovered from the River Ouse in York on New Year’s Day.

Craig and his dog Kyla who is reddish in colour and of Staffordshire breed would be seen frequently in York City centre, water Lane, Clifton Green, Bootham, streets surrounding York Hospital and along the River Ouse area.

If you think you saw Craig at any time between December 30, New Year’s Eve and the early hours of New Year’s Day please get in touch with the police on 101 as soon as possible.

All information is relevant, no information is too small so please get in touch if you can assist us.

Kyla is not missing and is safe.

Anyone with information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting reference 12170000357.