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Body found in suitcase in canal believed to be female

Police at the scene at the Grand Union Canal Credit: ITV London

Officers investigating a suspicious death after a body was found in a suitcase pulled from the Grand Union Canal believe the dead person is female.

The police said at this stage it was not possible to confirm how long the body had been in the water.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the identity of the dead person.

Body found in suitcase retrieved from canal

A police cordon has been put up on the towpath of the Grand Union Canal Credit: ITV London

A body has been found inside a suitcase recovered from a canal in west London.

Officers were called to the Grand Union Canal near Delamere Terrace, west London, at 2.30pm yesterday, detectives are treating the death as suspicious.

The identity of the person is not yet known. The Metropolitan Police Marine Policing Unit and London Fire Brigade helped recover the suitcase.

A spokesman for the Met said: "The death is being treated as suspicious and detectives from Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating. We are working to discover the identity of the deceased."

A post-mortem examination is due to be held. No one has been arrested.

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Transport museum opens Acton Depot to the public

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The London Transport Museum is opening its Acton Depot to visitors this weekend for two days of events and the chance to see more than 320,000 exhibits.

Visitors can take part in a guided bus pit tour, watch live demonstrations of how the emergency response team deals with incidents on the transport system, listen to a talk about secret tunnels and disused stations on the Underground and watch rare films from the Museum's archives.

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