Police hope to confirm the identity of a man found dead in a Huddersfield canal.

The grim find was made this morning and confirmed by a spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police.

His identity has not yet been confirmed but it is understood that police believe they know who he is.

A spokesman said efforts were being made to trace family.

Officers spent several hours at the scene at Huddersfield Broad Canal off Vine Street, in Hillhouse, this morning.

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They and the ambulance service were contacted after a passer-by spotted the body in the waterway just before 7.40am.

Police officers taped off the area and several ambulances are on scene while the recovery takes place.

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

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Police are now working to identify the man.

The scene is 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.

Det Insp George Bardell, of Kirklees District CID, said: “We received a report from a member of the public shortly before 7.40am this morning of what appeared to be a body in the canal at Vine Street, Huddersfield.

“We attended alongside West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Yorkshire Ambulance Service and at 8.10am the body of a man was recovered from the water.

Police and ambulances attend an incident off Vine Street in Huddersfield

“We are making enquiries to identify the man and establish the circumstances of his death.”

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

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”.