UPDATE: Police have this evening said the body found was of a woman in her eighties, and the death is unexplained but not suspicious.
In a statement police said: “Officers from Shropshire have confirmed that a body found in the canal near to The Poachers Pocket pub in Chirk earlier today is that of a woman in her eighties from Chirk.
“The death is currently being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.
“Her next of kin has been informed and formal identification has taken place. A file is now being prepared for the coroner.
“The discovery was made by members of the public at just before midday today”
Original information below:
A woman’s body has been discovered in a canal in Chirk this afternoon.
Earlier today there were reports than an ambulance, police and forensic vehicles had been seen near the Poacher’s Pocket Pub, Chirk.
It has since been confirmed that a woman’s body was discovered in a canal near the pub just before midday this afternoon. The discovery was made by members of the public.
At present the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious – with police carrying out enquiries to establish the identity of the woman and how she came to be in the canal.
A statement from West Mercia Police said: “If anyone has any information that could help police with their enquiries they should call 101 and quote incident 448s of 1 January 2017.”
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