A body has been recovered from the river in York today.

North Yorkshire Police were called to reports from a member of the public about a body in the River Ouse shortly before 7am today (Friday 12 April).

Officers at the scene confirmed it was a body of woman in the river. Skeldergate, North Street and Ouse Bridge were closed to enable work at the scene to recover the body from the water.

A police spokeswoman said: “We are not in a position to release the identity of the body at this time.”

Large numbers of police, plus an ambulance and a fire engine were called out to the incident.

As well as Ouse Bridge being cordoned off, there was also police tape barring people from going down Kings Street. Queen’s Staith Road on the opposite site of the river was also cordoned off.

Police called York Rescue Boat to assist them at 7am. The crew was stood down 40 minutes later.