Murder charge after angler in match drowned

A man has been charged with murder after an angler drowned in a canal during a match.

The body of Harry Morris, 57, was pulled from the St Helens Canal at Sankey Valley Park in Warrington on Saturday morning after police were called. Officers said there had been an altercation between two men. Anthony Ogburne, 40, from Warrington, has been charged with murder and is due to appear before magistrates.

A spokesman for Cheshire police said: "Police were called to Sankey Valley Park just after 11am on Saturday to reports of a body found in the canal. A man was arrested a short time later on suspicion of murder. A postmortem revealed the cause of death to be drowning."

Detective Inspector Jo Miller said the incident, on St Helens Canal, took place while amateur footballers played in an adjacent park. She said: "The area is also popular with joggers and dogwalkers, so we would appeal to anyone who may have been around the park at this time and witnessed an altercation between two men to contact us."