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Appeal to help identify man found dead on River Severn aqueduct

Police are appealing for help identifying a man found dead near Ironbridge.

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The road leading to Coalport was closed off by emergency services

The man, believed to have been in his 50s or 60s, was found on Jackfield aqueduct this morning, West Mercia Police said.

A Whistle mountain bike was found nearby.

It was initially believed the man was found in the river but police later said he was found on the aqueduct.

His death is not being treated as suspicious but officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward in an attempt to help identify him.

Detective Sergeant Andy Dawson said: "Unfortunately the man doesn't have any identification on him or anything distinguishing that has enabled us to identify who he is, and while we'd much rather be able to speak to his family before they see anything publicly we need to find out who he is so we can inform his loved ones.

"If anyone knows who this bike belongs to or knows someone who may have been in this area this morning then we'd please ask them to get in touch."

The man is described as over 6ft tall, bald and of medium build.

Police, paramedics and firefighters attended the scene after being called by a member of the public at around 8.45am.

The road leading into Coalport, known as The Lloyds, was cordoned off while the emergency services dealt with the incident.

West Midlands Ambulance spokesman Jamie Arrowsmith said: "We were called at 8.45am this morning to reports of a patient in cardiac arrest near to The Shakespeare Inn in Coalport, Telford.

"One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

"On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man. Unfortunately it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene."

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