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Murder arrest over Shadwell Basin body

Thames near Tower Bridge
The body was found in Shadwell Basin, to the east of Tower Bridge

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was pulled from the River Thames in east London.

The body of a man in his 20s was found on Friday in Shadwell Basin near Garnet Street, Wapping.

Police are investigating whether he was in a confrontation with a group of people on Thursday night, and whether he fell into the river or was pushed.

Detectives said the victim was on the waterside at the time with a 17-year-old girl, who suffered a head injury.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the girl had been injured but it was not clear exactly what happened.

Appeal to joggers

Emergency teams were called to the scene after several people dialled 999 to say a man had fallen in.

Witnesses told officers that a group of people had been seen "in some kind of altercation" with the victim and the girl.

Police, paramedics and a marine unit attended the incident, but the body of the victim was found shortly after 1000 GMT the next day.

His name has not been released but his family has been informed of his death.

A post-mortem examination is due be held.

A 20-year-old man was arrested at his home in east London. He was later bailed until 15 April.

Shadwell Basin, part of London's docks and on the north side of the river near Tower Bridge, is surrounded by housing and popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists.

Anyone with information about the incident has been urged to contact police.



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