Body of woman found in river after car ended up in water at accident blackspot

The body of a woman has been discovered in a river after a car ended up in the water near an accident blackspot.

Concerned residents called police and firefighters after a car entered the rural river at about 10pm on Saturday.

Now it has been confirmed a body has been found in the same water – Henmore Brook – near Ashbourne, Derbys.

One homeowner nearby told Derbyshire Live it is the fourth occasion a vehicle had ploughed into the river recently.

Barry Peck, whose house faces the brook, said: “This is the fourth time they’ve had vehicles in the river.

"This is not a new thing. It’s terrible.”

The management consultant, who has lived in the property for 11 years, said Clifton Parish Council had put a gauge at the ford and had been working to sort out the problem.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: "We received a call from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Sevice regarding a concern for safety of a woman in Ashbourne at 10pm last night (Saturday, December 8).

"Following searches by the Fire Service and police, a car was found submerged in Henmore Brook, Green Lane, in the early hours of this morning.

"The body of a woman was recovered just before midday. Formal identification is yet to take place and no further information is available at this time."

Roads nearby are still closed as the investigation continues.

Nottinghamshire Police’s underwater and specialist search unit were also on the scene.

Henmore Brook is a tributary of River Dove, which runs 45 miles to join the River Trent.

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