Police in Manchester are appealing for information after a man’s body was found this weekend in a canal in the city’s gay centre.

Shortly before 1.50pm on Saturday, a passer-by found the body of the man, believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s.

He was white, of slim build, about 5ft 8in tall and wearing a grey V-neck T-shirt with white buttons, black jeans and white Lonsdale trainers with a dark blue stripe.

Police do not know when the man died or how long he had been in the water between Aytoun Street and Minshull Street, near Canal Street.

Detective Inspector Julian Flindle said: “We have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding this man’s death, but we need accounts from any possible witnesses, and we also need to urgently establish this man’s identity.

“I would urge anyone who knows anything that could help us to call.

“My message to all of those who are familiar to and use this part of Manchester city centre is that we have launched a thorough inquiry which aims to find out what happened.

“I understand there may have been some discussion and rumour about this incident, and all I ask is for people to come forward and tell us if they know anything that could help.”

Police have asked anyone with information which may help them identify the man to call 0161 856 3543 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.