POLICE have confirmed the body found in the River Ouse on Sunday is York GP Doctor Mandeep Ahluwalia.

Dr Ahluwalia, 41, was last seen by his mother on Friday afternoon and left his Heworth home without his car, bank cards and mobile phone. 

Dr Ahluwalia was training manager and practice GP at the Petergate Surgery in York until September last year.

Today, tributes have been put up in the waiting room of the surgery as staff and patients come to terms with his death.

Fran Raper, practice manager at Petergate Surgery, said: "He was our colleague and friend here and obviously our thoughts are with his family and friends at this point.

"He was a lovely bloke. We got on very well. We used to talk football and cricket and he was was a top bloke."

In his role as training manager at the practice, Dr Ahluwalia was involved in the training of dozens of young doctors, Mr Raper said, and he was also very popular with patients.

Mr Raper said staff at the surgery were "all shocked and saddened" by the news of Dr Ahluwalia's death.