POLICE have closed off a section of the canal towpath in Blackburn.

Officers were called to Lockside in the town this morning and taped off sections of the walkway near the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

They have yet to confirm what they were investigating but witnesses have said they saw a body being pulled from the water.

Around 1.15pm a van turned up with a gurney.

Roy Parker, 82, who lives nearby, said: “I have just got back and seen there was about five police cars and vans here.

“It looks as if there was a body in the canal, I don’t know if it was at the top end or further down.

“It is not something that surprises me as there have been a few who have been found in recent years.

“It is a real shame as they would not have lasted long in there with the weather.”

More to follow.