A man’s body has been found in the River Calder in Dewsbury and police believe it could be missing Dewsbury man Daniel France.

Mr France, 38, was last seen at his home in Ravensthorpe on Saturday, March 12.

The death is the FOURTH in rivers and canals in the area in little over three weeks but there are no links between any of the deaths.

Police cars and ambulances were called to the scene on a playing fields complex between Sands Lane and Mill Street East, close to the centre of Dewsbury and a nearby railway line.

Missing man Daniel France

Officers from West Yorkshire Fire Service’s Technical Rescue Unit based at Rastrick Fire Station and Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s specialist HART unit used an inflatable dinghy to recover the body.

One man who worked nearby said he had seen a man erecting a flimsy, purple tent last Wednesday but it is unclear if the deceased had been sleeping in it during the bitterly-cold weather of late.

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Police taped off the scene for several hundred yards along the river while enquiries were conducted and the tape was taken down at 3.37pm.

Det Insp Stef Wiseman said: “Officers have recovered an adult man’s body from the water under the railway viaduct.

“The family of missing person, Daniel France, has been informed of the discovery of a man’s body.

“Enquiries are at an early stage and still ongoing.

“We are keeping an open mind, however there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances at this time, whilst we continue our enquiries to determine how the man’s body came to be in the water.

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"We would like to appeal to anyone who has any information about a purple pop-up tent found located near to where the body was found, at the back of a commercial property, on Sands Lane, Dewsbury, to contact Kirklees CID via 101 quoting reference 0472 of 30 March.”

The grim news comes just six days after the body of a man was recovered from the River Calder at Mirfield. He was found on Good Friday in the river close to the John Cottons factory in Mirfield.

Body found in River Calder

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Police revealed that the body recovered from the river was that of a man but he has not been identified. His death is not suspicious.

And earlier this month, the canals in the area claimed two lives.

A Huddersfield teenager was found dead in the Huddersfield Broad Canal at Vine Street, Hillhouse, on March 17. He was teenager Hamza Amer, 19, from Springfield Avenue in Batley.

A 77-year-old man died on March 23 despite being rescued from the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal at Thornhill Lees, close to the Slaithwaite Road bridge.

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

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

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 T-shirt.

His death is being treated as “unexplained”.

A police spokesman said the inquiry was still ongoing and officers are awaiting more forensic test results.