Cousin’s tribute to Mike Stratton after Gosport bridge tragedy

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  • Mike Stratton’s body was discovered after jumping from Jackie Spencer bridge The 27-year-old was working his way up Hampshire Environmental Services
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THE family of a man whose body was discovered in water in Gosport have called him their ‘rock’.

Mike Stratton, 27, pictured, is believed to have jumped off Jackie Spencer Bridge in Gosport at about 2pm on Saturday.

‘Mike was a rock to me and my children last year while I was going through a marriage break up.’

Maria Bell

A major hunt took place before his body was found on Sunday morning.

His cousin Maria Bell said: ‘Mike was a rock to me and my children last year while I was going through a marriage break-up.

‘We didn’t meet until two years ago when he started working for my dad at Hampshire Environmental Services. He was really proud a few weeks back for passing a test required to work on site.

‘I wish we’d met sooner, he is going to be missed so much.

‘We are sending our thoughts to his mum and family.’