Latest: Body found in search for man missing in River Ouse at York

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Police searching for a man who fell into the River Ouse in York city centre have recovered a body from the water.

Officers from the Northumbria Police Marine Unit made the grim discovery near to Ouse Bridge at about 2.45pm today.

A major search operation had been launched after the man fell into the river from the middle arch of the bridge at about 3.15am.

The victim’s family are due to be informed and police say they do not expect to be in a position to publicly identify him until tomorrow at the earliest.

York neighbourhood policing team’s Insp Dave Hunter said: “This is clearly a very tragic incident and it is important that the man’s family receive specialist police support at this difficult time.

“We ask that people show the family respect and allow them to grieve in private.

“We realise the emergency response to this incident has caused a great deal of disruption during a busy day in York.

“We thank people and nearby businesses for their continued patience and support during the operation, particularly those who have provided vital information to assist police enquiries.”

The area around the scene of the incident remained cordoned off to the public this afternoon.

Anyone with information about this morning’s events is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police using the force’s 101 number, quoting log reference NYP-10072016-0098.