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Tribute to judge found in river

The body of a man found in a Norfolk stream was a circuit judge and leading criminal lawyer.

Willie Everard, 59, was found on Sunday in the village of South Creake, near Fakenham, where he had a holiday home with his wife Christine.

The pair, who have no children, lived in Nottingham where Judge Everard sat on the Midlands court circuit.

Norfolk police are treating the death as "unexplained" and said a cause of death will be released later.

Before joining the bench Judge Everard was considered at the forefront of prosecuting serious sexual crimes against children.

'Keen sportsman'

James Howlett, who took over from Judge Everard as head of KCH chambers in Nottingham, said he practised almost exclusively in crime and worked as a prosecutor and defender.

He became a judge in 2004.

Mr Howlett said: "He was an outstanding criminal lawyer, a good friend and a keen sportsman who enjoyed cricket, hockey and fishing.

"With his wife, he made a home which was a place of generous hospitality to their many friends, in law and elsewhere.

"He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his wife and family.

"It has upset the whole legal community."

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