Islington Tunnel
Corpse was found in Regent's Canal, near Islington TunnelWiki Commons

The decomposing body found in Regent's Canal on Thursday (25 September) was tied to a supermarket trolley, it has been claimed. Metropolitan Police homicide detectives launched a murder inquiry after a member of the public discovered the man's body at the entrance to Islington Tunnel, North London.

Cordons were put in place before diving and forensic teams searched the canal bed and surrounding banks for clues. The cause of death has not yet been established but one line of enquiry is that the unidentified man was tied to a trolley and pushed into the water. Talking to the Evening Standard, a man who lived on a riverboat said: "I was asked if I heard anything like a supermarket trolley as it was quite a distinctive noise to hear on the towpath but I didn't hear anything."

A Met Police statement read: "Police were called by a member of the public 9.07am on Thursday 24 September to reports of a body submerged in the canal. The body, believed to be a man, has now been removed from the canal and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course. Officers are now appealing for anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area in recent days."