Body found in Regent’s Canal

By Simon Preston 7th March 2012

Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses following the discovery of a body in the Regent’s Canal in Hackney.

Officers have launched a murder investigation after the discovery of the female torso close to the Broadway Market stretch of the canal at 14:40hrs on Tuesday 6 March.

At this early stage officers believe they know the identity of the victim but must await further forensic tests before formal identification can take place.

Police were initially contacted by a member of the public who had noticed something suspicious floating in the water. The torso was recovered by divers from the Met’s Marine Support Unit (MSU) and additional searches are due to be carried out in the water.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place at Poplar Mortuary today (Wednesday).

An Incident Room has been opened at the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC) in Barking under the command of Detective Inspector John Nicholson.

Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious around the Regent’s Canal area in Hackney, or who has any information, should call the Incident Room on 020 8345 3985. Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

+ A 35-year-old man [A] has been arrested in connection with the inquiry. He remains in custody at an east London police station.