A DEAD body of a man thought to be in his 60s was dragged from a canal in Acton Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

A police investigation was launched immediately after the corpse was discovered shortly before 3.15pm. But it was discontinued hours later after it was decided the man had not been murdered.

“We were informed of the discovery of a deceased male in the canal,” said a police spokeswoman. “But there are no suspicious circumstances. A coroner’s file will be prepared in due course.”