Rhodesia: Canal death ‘not suspicious’ say police

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Police say the death of a woman dragged from the canal near Worksop yesterday (Thursday) is not being treated as suspicious.

The 51-year-old was found dead in the Chesterfield Canal at Woodend at around 6.50am on 6th March 2014.

Investigations continued throughout the day and over night but detectives are now satisfied no crime has taken place.

The woman has not been publicly named. But a file is being prepared for the coroner.

Notts Police faced criticism yesterday after the body was left on the canalside for several hours, only covered by a sheet.

The canal path was sealed off from the Lock Keeper pub all along Shireoaks Road to the junction with Tylden Road in Rhodesia.

But members of the public passing the scene, including children on school buses, could see the body.

Concerned residents contacted the Guardian saying that a tent should have been erected.

A Notts Police spokesman said: “The very fact that as the incident unfolded it could be seen from the roadside, meant that we had to act quickly along with the fact that press and the public were potentially taking pictures of a body.”

“As officers do not have tents to hand at any given time, an alternative covering was used while we called in to ask for a tent.”

“We’re sure people can understand why we would want to cover a body as quickly as possible in a public place.”