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Canal torso may be ex-soap star

A headless torso feared to be ex-EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie has been dragged from a canal.

Murder detectives have arrested a 35-year-old man after the limbless body was discovered in Regent's Canal, east London, police said.

Relatives and co-stars of Miss McCluskie, 29, were said by a source to be "fearing the worst" as Scotland Yard carried out forensic tests on the remains.

Miss McCluskie, who starred in the soap as Kerry Skinner in 2001, disappeared from Bethnal Green, east London, last week.

Friends had been carrying out searches across east London and handing out leaflets. Co-stars Natalie Cassidy and Brooke Kinsella both appealed for help finding her on Twitter.

The female torso was discovered close to Hackney's famous Broadway Market at 2.40pm on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Police said.

Detectives said the suspect remains in custody at an east London police station.

"At this early stage officers believe they know the identity of the victim but must await further forensic tests before formal identification can take place," a spokeswoman said.

"Police were initially contacted by a member of the public who had noticed something suspicious floating in the water.

"The torso was recovered by divers from the Met's Marine Support Unit and additional searches are due to be carried out in the water."


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