Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds canal body discovery sparks information plea

Jan Barry Swindlehurst
Image caption Jan Swindlehurst had earlier left home to go to a supermarket in the area

Police are returning to the spot where a man's body was found in the Leeds-Liverpool canal a week ago to try to establish what happened.

Jan "Jon" Swindlehurst, 61, was found dead in a stretch of the canal off Wyther Lane, Leeds, on 16 July.

A man was seen wading in the water at the same time, but left the scene at about 1330 GMT.

Police will be speaking to people in the area to try to establish the circumstances surrounding his death.

It is thought Mr Swindlehurst, who was married and suffered from health problems, left his home in Armley around midday to go to the Morrisons store in Kirkstall on his mobility scooter.

Witnesses reported seeing another man wading in the canal at the scene, who then got out of the water and walked in the direction of the city centre.

The man is described as white, 6ft (1.83m) tall and slim with dark hair and a thin face.

Det Chf Insp Mark Ridley, from the force's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: "We will be talking to people who use the tow path along the canal with a view to trace the man who was seen wading in the water before Mr Swindlehurst's body was found.

"It is vitally important that we speak to this man as he could have vital information that could help us to establish how Mr Swindlehurst came to be in the water that day."

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