POLICE have released a description of a man whose body was found at Dobson Locks at Apperley Bridge

Officers were called at 7.15am to reports of a body being discovered.He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man, who is believed to have been in his 60s or 70s, was wearing silver rimmed glasses, had grey/white hair which was thinning on top, was wearing brown leather walking boots and a blue/grey coloured Mountain Warehouse jacket.

He was also wearing blue walking trousers and white socks.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman added the man’s death is not being treated as suspicious and its enquiries are continuing.

"Enquiries are at a very early stage. At the moment the death is being treated as unexplained," added the spokesman.


A police car and two crime scene investigation vehicles could be seen at the scene this morning.

The lock was taped off until the body was taken away by private ambulance at about 10.30am. The police re-opened the lock at the same time.

Walkers and passers-by spoke of their shock at the discovery.

A woman, who did not wish to be named, and is on a canal holiday in West Yorkshire from the Netherlands, said: "I don't know what has happened but like everybody, I'm shocked."

A man from Eccleshill, who did not wish to be named, said: "I regularly walk up here and I've not seen anything like this before. It's sad."

A woman from Apperley Bridge, who did not wish to be named, was walking her dog near the lock. She said: "It's tragic. We don't know what happened to the person yet."

Anyone with any further information is urged to call Bradford District CID, quoting log number 258 of June 13, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.