Pennine Waterways News

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Incident shuts canal near Rotherham

The canal section of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation upstream of Rotherham is currently closed while police investigate an incident.

The section concerned bypasses a long section of the River Don between Rotherham and the start of the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal. The entire cut is closed to navigation, affecting Jordans Lock, Holmes Lock and Ickles Lock.

News sources
are reporting that police are searching for a missing 17-year old, after some of her possessions were believed to have been found near the canal. The towpath is also closed.

Enquiries about this stoppage should be made to BW on 0113 2816860.

Update: 5 pm 12th October:
Regrettably, police divers have found a female body in the canal near Holmes Lock. The body has not yet been identified but police treating death as suspicious. [News link]

Update: 11.30 am 14th October:
The canal will remain closed today (14th October). Further update will be given tomorrow.

Update: 5.00 pm 15th October:
The navigation through these locks has now been re-opened.

Holmes Lock, Rotherham

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