TRIBUTES have been paid to a Chester postman whose body was pulled from Liverpool’s Albert Dock after a five-day search.
James Bennion, 20, from Wavertree, but formerly of Ellesmere Port, had been missing since the early hours of Sunday, December 7, after he had been on a night out with friends in Liverpool.
Divers from Merseyside Police found a body in the waters of Albert Dock on Thursday afternoon, with the body formally identified as being that of Mr Bennion, a postman who worked out of the Royal Mail depot on Jupiter Drive, Chester, on Friday afternoon.
Social media sites have been flooded with tributes to the popular former Whitby High School student, who was described in an interview with the Leader by his cousin, Steve Price, as “a great lad, liked by everyone” and how the past week had been “the hardest of mine and my family’s life.”
In a Facebook post following the news of Mr Bennion’s death, Mr Price took time to thank those who had taken to the streets of Liverpool in a bid to try to find him. He said: “Thank you everyone for the effort you all made to getting James home, you have all been incredible and really did James proud. We are so proud that James had so many incredible friends. Thank you.”
Crewe Alexandra Football Club supporter Mr Bennion, who was described as “a likeable, laidback guy with a great sense of humour and time for everyone,” leaves his parents Paul and Julie, both formerly of Blacon, and his younger sister Aimee.
The family has been informed and a post-mortem examination date will now be set to establish the cause of death.
Twitter tributes to James Bennion:
l Aimee Bennion @aimeebennionx – Today has been so hard but we’re all being so strong and that’s what James would have wanted. You really are the best James.
Only if I could hear ‘Aimee shut up’ just one more time cause that’s all you ever used to say to me. sleep tight James x.
l Dominic Lipscombe @Domm94 – RIP James Bennion, everybody will remember you, always made us laugh. #RIPJamesBennion.
l Shane Shaw @shaneshaw10 – Rip James bennion you were a star mate and always will be, love you big man x.
l George Henning @GeorgeHenning18 – Heartbreaking news. Very old and good friend of mine. Can’t believe this! Nicest lad you could meet wouldn’t harm a fly RIP James Bennion.
l Laura Fletcher @laura_fletcherx – Absolutely devastated, words can’t describe how much we will miss you. RIP James Bennion.
l Sophie Annabelle @annabellend1 – Ellesmere Port pulled together as a community to find him, and i’m sure he's looking down with so much pride. RIP James Bennion.