Body found in Portland Basin

Specialist officers were called to Portland Basin Credit: MEN

An investigations underway after a man’s body was found in the canal in Ashton-Under-Lyne. The body was spotted by a passerby in Portland Basin, near the town centre, shortly after 8.30am.

A specialist diving unit was sent to recover the body on Thursday morning. Officers say that the man is white and believed to be in his 40s or 50s.

Police say it is too early to establish how the man died or whether there are any suspicious circumstances.