53-year-old Smallthorne man found dead in canal near Redhills Road

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Police have identified a body pulled from a canal in Stoke-on-Trent as that of 53-year-old Kevin Pickstock.

Mr Pickstock’s body was found by a passer-by in the canal between Birches Head and Milton, near Redhills Bridge.

Mr Pickstock, from Smallthorne, was found at around 2.30pm yesterday (March 13).

Local dog walker Richard Hughes, 72, said: “I usually walk down that way.

“This was the first week in years I haven’t walked down here, otherwise it could have been me who found him.”

Police and ambulances attended the scene.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said they believe the death was a “tragic accident” and not considered as suspicious.

Gary Fallows, 50, a local fisherman, who uses that stretch of the canal regularly, said: “I remember a couple years back a guy was found like this in the lock near Shelton, but that was after a fight.”

A spokesman from Staffordshire Police said: “The next of kin has been informed.

“A report is now being prepared for HM Coroner.”

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