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Man's body found in Manchester gay area

Police are appealing for information on unidentified body of man found in Canal Street district
Body found in Manchester's gay village, Canal Street.
Photo by David Newton.

Manchester police are appealing for information after a man's body was discovered in a canal in the UK city's gay village.

Officers and the fire service were called to the Canal Street area on Saturday (9 June) and recovered the body of a man in the water between Aytoun Street and Minshull Street.

He was described as white, 5ft 8in tall and aged possibly in his 20s to early 30s, wearing a grey V-neck T-shirt with white buttons, black jeans and white Lonsdale trainers with a dark blue stripe.

Despite a number of inquiries, the man has still not been identified.

Detective Inspector Julian Flindle said: 'We have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding this man's death, but we need accounts from any possible witnesses and we also need to urgently establish this man's identity.

'I would urge anyone who knows anything that could help us to call.

'My message to all of those who are familiar to and use this part of Manchester city centre is that we have launched a thorough inquiry which aims to find out what happened.

'I understand there may have been some discussion and rumor about this incident and all I ask is for people to come forward and tell us if they know anything that could help.'

Anyone with information is asked to call police on +44 (0)161 856 3543 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on +44 (0)800 555 111.

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