West Norfolk Council leader tells of 'terrible time' after disappearance of former officer
The leader of West Norfolk Council has offered his support to the family of a former senior official who went missing off the borough's coast at the weekend.
Chris Bamfield, who retired from the authority earlier this year after nearly 30 years' service, was reported missing on Saturday after failing to return from a windsurfing outing at Hunstanton.
Last night, police confirmed that the search had been called off and it was thought to be "most likely" that Mr Bamfield had got into difficulty while in the water.
At the start of this afternoon's borough council cabinet meeting, the authority's leader, Brian Long, said it was a "terrible time."
He added: "I think the news coverage has been extensive and I’m sure everyone will have heard what has happened
"Our thoughts go out to Chris and his family at what must be a terrible time and I do hope the emergency services can hopefully find him and bring this matter to a close.
"It must be very, very difficult for everyone involved and I know it is for me personally having worked with Chris for such a large number of years."
Mr Bamfield worked for the borough council for 29 years and was one of its executive directors at the time of his retirement.
Yesterday, the council's chief executive, Lorraine Gore, said the authority was in "great shock" at the news of Mr Bamfield's disappearance.