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Shock after sudden death of Elmley Prison officer Andy Foad at his home in Herne Bay

Family and friends have been left in shock after the sudden death of a well-loved and respected prison officer at his home over the weekend.

Andy Foad was found at his home in Willow Farm Way on Saturday morning.

The 28-year-old had worked at the Elmley Prison on the Isle of Sheppey, and previously attended Herne Bay High School and Simon Langton Boys School.

Andy Foad's death caused shock in the town
Andy Foad's death caused shock in the town

His younger brother Harry Foad has described him as an “amazing big brother” on Facebook, and others have also paid their respects to their friend “Foady”.

In his post on Sunday Harry said: “Sometimes you just don’t realise how lucky you are to have people in your life until they’re gone.

“Goodnight my amazing big brother. You will always be loved and always be missed. I know you’ll always be there to watch over me. I love you bro, rest in peace xxxxx.”

Andy’s sister Jo Foad also thanked friends for their comments. She wrote: “On behalf of all the family thank you all for your kind words. It means so much to know Andy was loved by so many and was a part of so many people’s lives!

“It brings great comfort reading all of your wonderful memories and stories. Rest in peace big brother, love you with all my heart and not a day will go by that I won’t miss you. Sleep well xxxxxxx.”

Friend Shaun Paul Mackie recalled the laughs he had shared with Andy and described him as “loyal and dependable”.

He added: “I’m proud to have known and called you a friend Foady. For that I am blessed.”

Fellow work colleagues have also expressed their sympathy and grief. Gemma Dobbin commented: “We only talked a few weeks ago about all the laughs we had and how you would bounce out of bed in the morning for the day of fun ahead.

“You always had our backs. We will miss you and your cheeky smile. I hope you are at peace now.”

Colleague of ten years David Doherty added: “Foady, my overriding memory of you is someone who was loyal and would put others first. I am eternally grateful to you my friend, you were a true brother.”

Police were called to the address at 9.45am on Saturday morning. They are not treating Mr Foad’s death as suspicious.

The Ministry of Justice has declined to comment on the news. A report is now being made for the coroner before an inquest is held.

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