Week of searching ends in tragedy as man's body pulled from River Aire

A man's body has been pulled from the River Aire in Leeds this afternoon.

West Yorkshire Police have confirmed the sad discovery in a statement issued just after 5pm today (Thursday, May 30). It follows a week-long search of the river near Crown Point after a man was seen entering the water on May 23.

Detectives believe the body found today is that of the man who they have been searching for. In a brief statement, a spokesman said: "Police searching the River Aire in Leeds have this afternoon ( Thursday May 30) recovered a man’s body.

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"Officers have been conducting searches in the river near Crown Point since May 23, after receiving reports a man was in the water. The male recovered is believed to be the same man seen entering the river."

The force does not believe there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the man's death and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

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The discovery of the body is part of a week of tragedy in the River Aire. A woman in her 30s fell into the water near Clarence Dock and subsequently dragged five miles all the way to Woodlesford on May 23.

Rescue teams then rushed her to hospital where she sadly passed away in the afternoon. Another person fell in on the same day in Neptune Street, close to Crown Point Bridge, but was rescued by a member of the public.