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Angler discovered dead body in canal behind his home while feeding ducks

An angler unwittingly discovered a dead body in a canal after hooking a rucksack to remove it from the water.

Tony Whaley, 38, has spoken of his horror at realising what he had discovered in the Erewash Canal behind his home in Bennett Street, Long Eaton.

The grim discovery happened at 8.30am on September 15 while Mr Whaley, who works as a childminder, was feeding ducks.

The dad-of-one said he immediately called 999 and alerted police – but was left feeling “scared and shaken” afterwards.

Police cordoned off the towpath but have since said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the man – believed to be in his 70s.

He told Derbyshire Live : “I was out in the garden [which backs on to the canal] and put loads of bread out for the ducks. As I looked around I saw a rucksack. I thought it was odd so I used my fishing rod to hook it to see what it was.

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“As soon as I hooked it my dog was going crazy. I started wheeling it in and as it got in front of me I realised there was a dead body attached to it so I rang 999 straight away.

“I was in total shock, I couldn’t believe it and ran straight in to phone the police. I was scared at first but the police handled it brilliantly – it’s not something you expect to see.

Long Eaton resident Tony Whaley discovered the body while feeding the ducks

Long Eaton resident Tony Whaley discovered the body while feeding the ducks
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“Police came and were here until 2pm in the afternoon. I had to give a statement.

“I’ve been fishing since I was eight or nine years old and I go to matches every Sunday but I’ve never come across anything like this.

“My thoughts are with the family, it must be a very difficult time.”

Police said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

It is thought the deceased man – who has not yet been named – was in his early 70s.

Police said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

It is thought the deceased man – who has not yet been named – was in his early 70s.

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