by LAURIE STOCKS-MOORE
A BODY was pulled from the River Dee after being spotted washed up in Chester.
Around a dozen police officers were sent to the scene, downstream from the Old Dee Bridge and before the Grosvenor Bridge, after getting a call from a member of the public at 2.20pm yesterday (Wednesday).
They set up an extensive cordon and dog walkers and children going home from school were told to take detours around the site, close to Minerva's shrine at the bottom of Greenway Street.
A lifeboat from the RNLI in Flintshire arrived to help police recover the body at about 3.45pm.
Inspector Kewley, who was put in charge at the scene, said: “A member of the public reported seeing something.”
Cheshire police spokesman Jason Murray said: “We were made aware of a body in the Dee. Flintshire lifeboat came over and a body has been recovered.”
Crime scene investigators erected a tent on the site to carry out further assessments.
A worker at County Hall, Paul Smith, 35, from Ellesmere Port watched as the incident unfolded.
He said: “Two police officers on foot went running to the Handbridge side, then a car went down with his lights up.
“One of them was standing in an old rowing boat looking in the water around the trees.”
GRIM DISCOVERY: Cheshire Police officers on the banks of the River Dee were joined by an RNLI crew on the river yesterday afternoon.