'Sadness' after body found by Ilkeston canal

An Ilkeston councillor has spoken of the ‘sadness and sympathy’ felt for the family of the person who was found dead near a canal towpath.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 9:04 am
A section of the Erewash Canal towpath near Hallam Fields Road

A member of the public alerted police to a body by the Erewash Canal at around 3pm, yesterday, Friday 5 March.

Police officers and crime scene investigators have been at the scene today (Sunday, March ), near to Hallam Fields Road. They are likely to remain in the area for a few more days. A police investigation is ongoing to establish the identity and details surrounding the death.

Derbyshire County Councillor John Frudd, who represents Larklands, Gallows Inn and Hallam Fields is urging anyone who knows anything about the incident to contact the police.

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Labour Cllr Frudd said: “The person was found near the path along the canal, close to Hallam Fields Road, there are quite a few businesses in that area and it was near to the Ward Recycling Centre.

“I am very sad to hear of the death, I wasn’t aware of it until yesterday, the deepest sympathy from the community goes out to the family of the person. We don’t know any of the circumstances yet, whether it is criminal investigation, a death by natural causes or someone who has taken their own life.

"At times, in the past, we have had spates of young men who have sadly taken their own lives along the canal after relationship break ups, but not for some time.

“The police are still investigating and the forensic people have been there. They will take their time and do things thoroughly. If anybody does know anything at all or can shed any light on what has happened, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the police.”

Derbyshire police are calling for information to help with their inquiry. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police using the following methods and quoting the incident number 615 of 5 March.

If you can help please contact Derbyshire police via Facebook, on a private message to Derbyshire Constabulary or on Twitter through a direct message to the contact centre on @DerPolContact or via the police website. If you have any information please complete the online contact form at the website www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.