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Body in canal: man charged with fraud

Sebastiano Magnanini Credit: Metropolitan Police

A man has been charged with fraud after the body of an Italian carpenter was found in a north London canal.

Daniel Hastie, 22, of no fixed abode, has been charged with fraud by false representation. He'll appear in custody at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court Saturday.

Paul Williams, 61, of no fixed abode has appeared in custody at Highbury Magistrates' Court charged with preventing lawful burial.

The tattooed body of Sebastiano Magnanini, 46, originally from Venice, was found submerged near a tunnel in the Regent's Canal in north London on September 24th.

Mr Magnanini had been tied to a submerged shopping trolley.

He had been living and working in south London, and was last seen by colleagues when he left work in south-west London two days earlier.

A post-mortem examination was carried out but the cause of death could not be determined. Further toxicology tests have been ordered.


Canal head identity confirmed

Gemma McCluskie. Credit: Metropolitan Police.

A human head found in the Regent's Canal in north London has been identified as that of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie.

Investigators used dental records to confirm that it was the head of the 29-year-old who went missing from Bethnal Green earlier this year.

The head had been found by members of the public cleaning the canal at Kingsland Basin on Sunday.

Police have confirmed that all of Gemma's body has now been recovered. Her torso, arms and legs were found in the canal in March.

Her 35-year-old brother, Tony McCluskie, has been charged with her murder.