VIDEO: Body found on Doncaster river bank

The body of a man has been found alongside a river in Doncaster town centre.

The Free Press reported earlier this week how a spot near to Friars Gate at the rear of the Tesco Church View supermarket and Doncaster Minster had been a hive of police activity.

Police cars at Friars Gate in Doncaster town centre.

Police cars at Friars Gate in Doncaster town centre.

Now South Yorkshire Police have confirmed that the body of a man, believed to be in his 40s, was found alongside the River Don shortly after 4pm on Tuesday.

He has been named on social media as Jason Taylor, from Doncaster. Police have not confirmed the identity of the man.

A spokesman said: “Emergency services were called at around 4pm on Tuesday 24 March to the River Don near Doncaster town centre, where the body of a man was discovered on the riverbanks.

“The death is being treated as unexplained at this time but police do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Three men were arrested in connection with the death but have now been released.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, has not been formally identified and a post mortem examination has not yet taken place.

Five patrol cars and an ambulance attended at the scene.

The bridge over the River Don Navigation canal, which leads to the Marshgate Network Rail depot was a hive of police activity but officers at the scene would not confirm the nature of the incident.

However, the road was not sealed off and workers and shoppers making their way to nearby car parks were able to go about their business as normal.
Several police officers could be seen on the banks of the canal while two vehicles also appeared to be hemmed in by the police vehicles.

It is not clear whether the vehicles were connected to the incident.

Enquiries are continuing.