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Body found in Huddersfield Broad Canal named as 19-year-old Hamza Amer

The Batley teen was found yesterday morning

Police today named the person tragically found dead in a Huddersfield canal.

He was teenager Hamza Amer, 19, who was recovered from Huddersfield Broad Canal at Vine Street yesterday morning, after a member of the public made the grim find just before 7.40am.

Mr Amer, who only turned 19 in November, was from Springfield Avenue in Batley.

Police taped off the area and were helped by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Yorkshire Ambulance Service, who together recovered his body at 8.10am.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was flown to the scene but was turned back as it was no longer needed.

Investigators went to the scene and are still trying to piece together how he ended up in the canal.

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Det insp George Bardell, of Kirklees District CID, said: “There are no suspicious circumstances. It is being treated as an unexplained death.”

The investigation will now be handled by Coroners officers, ready for an inquest.

The incident took place close to the Kirklees Council household recycling site at Hillhouse and the incinerator plant.

A number of people use the towpath as a walkway towards Huddersfield town centre.

Meanwhile, detectives are still trying to identify a man found dead at Ravensthorpe on Monday.

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His body was discovered in a wooded area close to the Calder and Hebble Canal in Ravensthorpe.

It is thought he had been there for some considerable time.

Police said the man was aged between 30 and 50 and was wearing cargo shorts and a teeshirt.

His death is being treated as “unexplained”.



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