Police probe error over Oxfordshire canal body callout

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Police have apologised after officers were sent to the wrong location 30 miles from where a man's body was found in a canal in Oxfordshire.

Officers were initially sent to Oxford city centre instead of a stretch of the Oxford Canal at Slat Mill Bridge, Cropredy, where the man was found.

Police arrived at the scene shortly before 18:00 BST on Monday - 31 minutes after receiving the callout.

Thames Valley Police is investigating the "isolated error".

'Not acceptable'

The man's death is not being treated as suspicious. He has not yet been named.

A force spokesman said: "We are extremely concerned at what happened and we have launched an immediate internal review to determine what caused the error.

"Clearly this is not acceptable and our priority is to understand how this happened so we can ensure we do everything possible to prevent it happening again."

She added: "This is an isolated error for which we are sincerely sorry."

The force said it dispatched officers to 1,463 incidents on Monday.

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