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Body Found In Canal Of Manchester, UK's Gay Village

ManchesterGrim news out of England. A body was discovered Sunday floating in the canal in Manchester's gay village. The Manchester Evening News reports:

Police were called to Canal Street on Sunday afternoon – after a couple on a barge are believed to have reported seeing a human body in the water.

Officers dismissed original reports that it was wrapped in a black bag but said it was too early to say whether the death was suspicious.

Bob Ramsbottom, 56, landlord of the New Union pub on Canal Street said: “We were upstairs on Friday night at around 10.30pm when we heard a very big splash.

"I looked out of the window – we saw someone walking away over the bridge. In nine years, there has been quite a few bodies found in this canal."

It is unclear at this time whether the splash Ramsbottom heard is connected to the discovery of the body. Though eyewitnesses claimed the body was in a bag, authorities suggested the bag happened to be floating near the body and had perhaps become tangled with it at the time of its discovery.

Divers were dispatched to retrieve the body and the canal was partially drained. Police are currently performing a postmortem which will help determine the cause of death in addition to how long the body was in the water.

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  1. Sounds like a charming place to visit.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 8, 2013 11:15:53 AM

  2. I hope the body is identified and the perpetrators caught.

    Posted by: Joel V | Oct 8, 2013 11:38:28 AM

  3. I have stayed at the New Union hotel and pub next to the canal. This is sad and alarming. I had such an enjoyable experience in Manchester. I hope they find who did this. They should be able to at least have video of the culprit. The hotel has cameras.

    Posted by: ida | Oct 8, 2013 11:42:33 AM

  4. Doesn't that picture make you want to visit Florida?

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 8, 2013 1:23:31 PM

  5. Please follow up on this. I have friends in Manchester.

    Posted by: Dan | Oct 13, 2013 8:29:24 PM

  6. Things are really looking up for gay people.

    Posted by: HN | Oct 14, 2013 12:24:51 AM

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