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Canal body identified as ex-EastEnders actress

Police have identified the headless torso found in the Regent's Canal as that of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie.She was murdered and dumped in a canal after attending a high-profile hospital opening ceremony, detectives revealed.

Officers stepped up their appeal for information after the headless body found in London's Regent's Canal was confirmed to be that of Gemma McCluskie.

Her 35-year-old brother Tony remains in police custody for questioning, a source confirmed.

Officers are reviewing CCTV footage of her attending the opening of the new £650 million Royal London Hospital, in Whitechapel, east London, last Thursday.

The 29-year-old was reported missing to police two days after going missing. Her limbless torso was found when a member of the public reported a suspicious object floating close to Hackney's famous Broadway Market.

It is important that we piece together Gemma's movements from Wednesday February 29 until the discovery in Regent's Canal in Hackney on Tuesday. We also urge anyone with any significant information about this case to contact us as soon as possible. In particular we would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity around her home address in Pelter Street in Bethnal Green."

– Detective Superintendent Fiona Mallon

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