Several residents have expressed their sadness after a body was discovered in a canal that runs through Aylesbury.

At around 11am on Tuesday, August 11, a body was found in the town’s stretch of the Grand Union Canal by passers-by, who immediately contacted the authorities.

Since the early afternoon, part of the towpath that runs alongside the canal in Park Street was cordoned off, whilst the police carried out their investigations.

READ MORE: 'Body' found in Grand Union Canal in Aylesbury

The closure of the area led to several boats that usually pass through the locks to wait patiently, as the police remained on site.

It has since been revealed that the deceased was a man aged in his 20s, and that officers are treating the incident as unexplained but not suspicious.

One of the onlookers said: “I feel very sorry for the person’s family and friends.

“It’s incredibly sad.”

Another onlooker, who was in one of the boats that had to stop due to the police’s investigations, described the discovery as ‘terrible’.

He also revealed that he had waited for about an hour-and-a-half and counting to get through the area.

Several pedestrians and cyclists were also seen on the towpath, but they were told to turn around by the authorities and other members of the public if they got too close to the scene.

READ MORE: Have you seen Kwame? Concerns grow as 16-year-old is reported missing

Following the discovery, TVP Aylesbury Vale shared on social media: “Officers are in Park Street, Aylesbury, after a report of a body in the Grand Union Canal.

“There is a closure on the canal up to Broughton, and Park Street is also currently closed.

“The death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

“Please avoid the area.”

At around 3.50pm, officers were seen removing the tape and revealed that the cordon was expected to be lifted later on during the day [August 11].