Regents Canal
Regent's Canal was cordoned off after a body was discovered by a member of the publicGetty

Regent's Canal was cordoned off on Thursday morning (24 September) after a member of the public discovered a man's body submerged near Islington Tunnel in North London. The grisly discovery was made shortly after 9am and police believe the man in question was murdered.

The body was removed from the canal and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course. Officers have launched a murder investigation and are now appealing for anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area in recent days. A Met Police spokesperson said: "Police officers and cordons are in place at Regent's Canal, Islington, after the discovery of a body. Police were called to Islington Tunnel, Regents Canal at 9.07am on Thursday 24 September by a member of the public, who reported finding a body. At this early stage the body is believed to be a man. Approximate age is unknown. The death is currently being treated as suspicious."

The Met Police's boat service earlier tweeted: "Van crew and divers are assisting @MPSIslington with an incident that has forced the closure of the Regents Canal. Will update when reopened". Anyone who can assist is asked to contact police via the incident room on 020 8721 4868, alternatively, the police non-emergency line on 101 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.