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Police recover man's body from River Ness

Police divers have recovered a man's body from the River Ness, close to Inverness harbour.

Emergency services were alerted after reports of a body floating in the water at about 23:40 on Friday.

A member of the public attempted to retrieve the body using a nearby lifebelt but was unsuccessful and police divers were called in.

Grampian Police's underwater unit conducted a search and recovered a body at about 08:00.

An investigation is under way to establish the identity of the man and find out where and when he entered the water.

The man was described as being in his 50s, or possibly 60s, with thinning grey hair and a full greyish beard.

He was 5'7" in height and of slim build.

He was fully clothed, wearing a grey Trespass jacket and a Regatta fleece, red polo shirt, blue jeans, and size seven black leather shoes.

Northern Constabulary said the body was not that of missing man Alan Watson, 28, who is believed to have fallen into the River Ness on 23 February.

They have contacted the family of Mr Watson to update them.

Despite an extensive search, Mr Watson's body has not yet been recovered.

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