Crime & the Law

UPDATE: Three men arrested in body in the canal murder inquiry

Grand Union Canal Little Venice. Image: Google satellite.

Grand Union Canal Little Venice. Image: Google satellite.

[Update of our previous story]

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman whose body was recovered from the Grand Union Canal have arrested three men.

The men aged 38, 34 and 30, have all been arrested on suspicion of murder.

These arrests were made Monday night 11th May at separate residential addresses in northwest London.

The Met Police say: ‘For strong operational reasons we were unable to confirm the arrests until now.’

Those arrested remain in custody at north London police stations.

Whilst formal identification has yet to take place detectives are confident that they know the identity of the woman.

But the woman’s family have yet to be spoken to by MPS detectives.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Monday night at Westminster Mortuary, and the results were inconclusive.

Further tests will be carried out.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Ashwin, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command is leading the investigation and said:

I would like to ask for the help of all those people who use or live on the Grand Union Canal.

We now believe that the body, placed in a black suitcase, was placed in the Grand Union Canal at some point in the last two weeks.

Whilst the body was recovered near to Little Venice it is highly likely that she entered the water further along the canal.

Did you see or hear anything suspicious or see a black suitcase in the canal?

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8785 8244 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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