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Diss Mere mystery of floating head leaves locals guessing

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Two men made a bizarre discovery while stood outside a pub in Diss .

Stuart Carpenter, who lives at the Waterfront Inn and is one of the general managers at the pub, which backs on to the Mere , was standing near the water chatting to his son Jack, 23, when they spotted a head bobbing just below the surface.

Mr Carpenter, 49, said: “Jack thought it might be a real head. I fetched a broom and carefully pulled it in.”

Pictured: Abbie Carpenter (daughter). PICTURE: Mecha Morton..
Pictured: Abbie Carpenter (daughter). PICTURE: Mecha Morton..

Fortunately for the pair, it was not a human head, but an acrylic cast, featuring a stamp on the back of it which could hold the key to finding out where it came from.

“The logo reads CP or CPL and Copyright 1976,” said Mr Carpenter. “From what I understand, there used to be a gentleman’s clothes shop near the Mere which closed.

“I tried to search the internet to see if it could be linked to them, but found nothing. It looks professionally done, so we might see if the museum can tell us anything about where it came from.”

Hopgood’s menswear store closed 13 years ago, but the reason for the date stamped on the back of the head remains unclear.

“It has certainly been sparking conversation in the pub, but I hope the rest of him doesn’t pop up and float by,” said Mr Carpenter.

“Until last week, the strangest thing we’d found was a £20 note.

“We’ve started a competition for people to think up a name for him and, if the museum doesn’t want him, perhaps we can use him as a prop.”

Stuart’s wife, Sarah, who is also general manager of the pub, wondered if the heavy rainfall was behind the discovery.

“The recent downpours may have dislodged it,” she said. “A bubble of air could have brought it to the surface.

“We could scrub him up and use him as a prop in the garden. We could even have him sat there reading the Diss Express if the rest of him happens to turn up.”

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