A MAN’S body was recovered from a canal in Rowley Regis last night (Wednesday, December 6).

West Midlands Police confirmed the man, believed to be in his 70s, was discovered in the canal near Powke Lane just before 7pm.

They were alerted to the scene by a member of the public before recovering body of the man, who they have identified as being local to the area.

Officers said the man’s death is ‘non-suspicious’ and his family have been notified.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “We received a 999 call from a member of the public just before 7pm last night reporting a body in a canal near Powke Lane.

“The body was identified as a local man, understood to be in his 70s, and his death is not being treated as suspicious.

“His family has been notified and the matter passed to the coroner.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to the scene.

An ambulance service spokesman said: “The man was found in cardiac arrest and ambulance staff commenced advanced life support on scene.

“He was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Russells Hall Hospital whilst CPR continued en route.

“Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later at hospital.”