Gemma McCluskie Murder

The brother of a former EastEnders actress whose headless body was found dumped in a canal will appear in court today charged with her murder.

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Police find actress's arm in canal

Gemma McCluskie's torso was earlier found in the Regent's Canal. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police have found an arm, believed to belong to EastEnders acress Gemma McCluskie, in the same stretch of water where her headless torso was discovered.

It was spotted on the Regent's Canal yesterday by a British Waterways employee, two weeks after her mutilated body was recovered from the water in Hackney.

Divers have been searching to find her remaining body parts.

Police are conducting tests to verify the identity of the limb.

The 29-year-old was last seen returning to the home in Hackney that she shared with her brother Tony, 35, who now stands accused of her murder.


  1. Toby Sadler

Court update on Eastenders murder

Gemma McCluskie

Tony McCluskie remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey in the next 48 hours for his bail hearing. He's then due back at the Central Criminal Court on March 26th.

He confirmed his name, age and address this morning. Dressed in jeans and a jumper he flashed a smile and gave a brief thumbs up to friends in the public gallery as he was taken away.

  1. Toby Sadler

McCluskie court update

At Thames Valley Magistrates waiting for Tony McCluskie to appear in court charged with murdering his sister Gemma McCluskie.

The headless body of the former Eastenders actress was found floating in the Regent's Canal near Hackney Broadway last week.

Gemma's 35 year old brother was charged on Saturday night as police divers continued their search of the canal.

The 29 year old actress played Kerry Skinner in the soap in 2001. She went missing after attending the opening of the £650 million Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

Friends launched an extensive search for her across East London. Former Eastenders co-stars Natalie Cassidy and Brooke Kinsella both used Twitter to appeal for help.

Tony McCluskie is expected in court this morning.


Forensic teams search the area

Forensic teams searching Marlborough Avenue in Hackney Credit: ITN

Forensic teams have arrived at Marlborough Avenue in Hackney to carry out further searches as police continue to investigate the murder of EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie.

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