Full report here
That’s all from us - investigations into the woman’s death continue.
Our thoughts are with the woman’s family at this difficult time.
Tributes on Facebook
People have already been writing tributes to the unnamed woman on Facebook.
Yvonne Collins said: “What is it about that part of the canal? RIP and thoughts are with the family who are left to deal with this.”
Nikki Hanson said: “Thoughts are with the womans family and friends.”
Lucy Wadsworth said: “so sad rip to the poor woman”.
Laura Jayne Casey said: “im worried/concered about amount of bodies in the canals in recent months” [sic].
Sadness in the community
Residents in the area have understandably been left extremely upset by the discovery this morning, with some too upset to talk. We echo this below:
"It's extremely sad for a young woman"
Reporter Andrew Robinson has been talking to people at the scene by the canal. Pub staff understand the woman was in her early thirties.
The Navigation landlord Kev O’Donnell said: “I didn’t know why [police] were there and then I found out more details.
“I think it’s extremely sad for a young woman. There have been several deaths this year in the canal.
“I heard that she was only in her early thirties.”
Police left the scene at 1.15pm and removed cordons shortly after the woman’s body was removed. She has yet to be formally identified.
What we know so far
Here’s everything we know about the discovery so far:
- Police were called shortly after 9am with reports a body was spotted in the Calder Hebble Navigation canal
- Officers arrived at the scene off Station Road and recovered a woman’s body
- The area was cordoned off for investigation and police left the scene after 1pm
- The woman is yet to be formally identified, but staff at nearby pub The Navigation believe she was in her thirties
Boaters "very upset" by discovery
The body was spotted earlier this morning by people on a canal boat. They are reportedly “very upset” about what has happened.
Woman "in her thirties"
Reporter Andrew says police have left the scene. The woman is thought to be in her thirties.
Reporter Andrew is at the scene:
Police confirm a body has been found
Here is a short statement from police confirming the discovery:
A police spokesperson said: Police were called to the canal next to the Lidl car park off Station Road, Mirfield, at just after 9am today.
Residents living on a house boat reported seeing a body in the water and police officers attended and recovered the body of an adult woman.
Police say investigations are at an early stage and the body has not been formally identified. Police said it was too early to speculate on how the woman died.
Police have appealed for anyone who may have seen a woman go into the water to contact them via 101.
VIDEO: The scene in Mirfield
Our reporter Andrew Robinson is at the scene investigating:
If you have Twitter, you can follow him at @Andrew_Examiner.
Police presence since 9am
There has been a police presence at the canal since 9am this morning. Eyewitnesses reported a police cordon going up at the scene behind Lidl, off Station Road, with police activity centering around a canal boat. The woman’s body was pulled from the water.
Woman's body found
We have some sad news coming in that woman’s body has been found in the Calder Hebble Navigation Canal in Mirfield, off Station Road.
There has been a police presence at the scene behind Lidl since 9am this morning.
Stay with us as we bring you updates on this as the day goes on.