River Lea canal
Firefighters are looking for a man who jumped into a canal in the River Lea after allegedly running from police @gavredknap

London firefighters in the River Lea have reportedly recovered the body of a man after he is thought to have leapt into the canal to avoid police.

Eyewitnesses reported a cordon was put in place and firefighters used a boat to search for the man.

Gavin Redknapp said on Twitter: "Man was being chased by police, jumped in river and disappeared under the water."

A spokesperson for London Fire Brigade said it was called to the river at 3.52pm and has two rescue boats in the water carrying out a "methodical search".