AN investigation is underway after the body of a male was discovered in the Kennet and Avon canal in Devizes this morning.

Wiltshire Police were alerted by a member of the public who found the body of a male in the canal close to The Wharf in the town centre shortly before 6.45am.

Officers are liaising with organisers of the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race which was due to begin in the canal this morning.

Anyone who may have information on this incident is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.