Update: Police identify body of man found in Apperley Bridge canal

A man's body has been found in the canal at Apperley Bridge. Picture: Google
A man's body has been found in the canal at Apperley Bridge. Picture: Google

Police have identified the body of a man found in a West Yorkshire canal this morning.

Emergency services were called to Dobson Locks in Apperley Bridge at about 7.15am when the body was discovered in a lock.

The body was removed and the man, who is in his sixties or seventies, was pronounced dead at the scene.

It led to speculation that there may be suspicious circumstances, with people on social media connecting it to a separate incident involving a report of a man with a gun in Silsden.

But a West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Police are aware of speculation on social media linking the discovery of a man's body in the canal at Apperley Bridge to a report of a man seen with a firearm in Silsden.

"These incidents are not being treated as linked and while the death of the man is still being investigated, it is not believed to be suspicious."

Police more details about the discovery of the man's body earlier today as efforts to identify him continue.

Following the appeal, they said that the man's had now been identified.

The spokesman said: "His next of kin has been informed and enquiries are continuing with the Coroner.  

"His death is not being treated as suspicious.  

"Police would like to thank the public for their assistance with this enquiry."

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