Body of woman recovered from Calderdale canal

Police are appealing for information after the body of a woman was recovered from the canal between Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 1:38 pm
Updated Friday, 15th May 2020, 1:58 pm
Rochdale Canal

At around 11.30am today, police were called to the canal, near Walkley Clogs, on Midgley Road, where a member of the public reported seeing a body in the water.

Officers have been conducting enquiries into the circumstances and are working to establish the woman’s identity, but are appealing for information to help identify who she is.

Detective Inspector Victoria Lawrence of Calderdale CID said: “Enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances of this woman’s death but at this time we are not treating it as suspicious."

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The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman is described as white, around 5ft tall, of very slim build, with greying hair and believed to be in her 50s.

“We would like to speak to anyone who may know the woman, or saw a woman matching that description around the location in recent weeks," said Detective Lawrence.

She was found wearing black leggings, a black cardigan with silver buttons on the sleeves and black knee-high boots.

Police said she was also wearing pink glasses, which were also found in clothing discovered near to the canal.

Anyone who witnessed anything in the area or who has any information that could assist officers is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 575 of 5 May.