A police investigation is underway after the body of a man was discovered in the Kennet and Avon canal in Devizes this morning.

Wiltshire Police were alerted by a member of public who found the body of the man, said to be from the local area and in his 40s, in the canal close to The Wharf in the town centre shortly before 6.45am.

Officers liaised with organisers of the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race, which was due to begin in the canal this morning, to delay the start while the scene was examined and the body was recovered.

The incident was concluded shortly after 9am, the canal reopened and the race began at 9.30pm, two and a half hours late.

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.