​Body in suitcase discovered in London canal

A woman cycles along the tow path of the Grand Union Canal in London. (Reuters)
An investigation has been launched after an as yet unidentified body was discovered in a suitcase in a West London canal.

Police officers were called to the Grand Union Canal near Delamere Terrance in West London at 2.30 p.m. Sunday.

The unidentified body was fished out of the canal by the Metropolitan Police Marine Policing Unit and London Fire Brigade.

According to the Canal and River Trust, the canal where the body was found is often a “charming spot to stroll by.”

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An investigation has been launched concerning the “suspicious” case. Police say they are unaware of how or when they body ended up in the canal. Officers are currently unable to identify the gender of the body.

Major Crime Command and Scotland Yard Homicide are leading the probe.

A police spokesman told the Guardian the death is being “treated as suspicious.”

Detectives from homicide and major crime command are investigating and police are working to discover the identity of the deceased,” the spokesman said.

The Grand Union canal runs from London to Birmingham.

The West London part of the canal is not far from where the murdered teenager Alice Gross went missing.

Nobody has been arrested in connection with the case. A post mortem is expected to be held.