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Grand Union Canal inquiry after suitcase body-find

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Media captionAlpa Patel reports after a suitcase containing the body of a woman is discovered in the Grand Union Canal in west London

The body of a woman has been found in a suitcase recovered from a west London canal.

The case was removed from the Grand Union Canal near Delamere Terrace in Little Venice, with police called at about 14:30 BST on Sunday.

Officers said it was too early to say how long it had been in the water.

No arrests have been made and a post-mortem examination is due to take place later. Detectives are trying to identify the woman.

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Image caption The suitcase containing the body was found in the Grand Union Canal
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Image caption Houseboat owners have been asked by police what they were doing on Friday and Saturday

Police have been speaking to nearby houseboat residents to try to establish a sequence of events in the area on Friday and Saturday.

Natasha Widowson, 23, who lives on a boat near where the body was found, said: "We heard the body was found by some walkers passing by.

"Police told us there had been an accident and no-one was allowed to go past the bridge."

A Met Police spokesman said detectives from homicide and major crime command are investigating.

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