Police are investigating after a man's body was found by a walker on Ilkley Moor last night.

The discovery was made at 8pm on a minor pathway leading off from the Dick Hudson's Pub, also known as The Fleece, on Otley Road, Eldwick.

Police were called to the scene and the area where the body was found was cordoned off.

A post-mortem examination was due to take place today to establish the cause of death.

Detective Chief Inspector Philip Reed, of Keighley police is leading the inquiry.

A police spokesman said it was not being treated as suspicious but the identity of the person had not been confirmed

A spokesman said: "We are keeping an open mind on the cause of death."

Musician Mike Hoggard, 65, of Hazelheads, Baildon, who was taking part in a jazz session at the pub, said: "The police came in as everything was coming to an end and this guy, who said he was a detective inspector, said there'd been a body found on the moor behind and he wanted us to identify our cars.

"There were only really musicians left and a few regular punters. We all had to go and stand by our own cars in the car park so he was to able to find out if there were any left.

"Once outside I didn't see anyone else in uniform apart from the officer who came into the pub."

The landlady of the Dick Hudson, who did not want to be named, said: "They spoke to my husband and said they found a body on the moor and they were investigating.

"The policeman told us the body was found on the main track but on one of the minor tracks leading from here to Ilkley.

"Nobody's said one way or the other how he died but I think the policeman said the dead man was middle aged."

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