Death of canal twins treated as murder

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Police are treating as murder the deaths of identical twins found in the same London canal within eight days of each other, writes Nicole Veash.

The body of Christopher Henry Langford, 38, was found in Regent Canal in Islington, on 26 March. A post-mortem examination showed various injuries but the cause of death could not be established and is being treated as suspicious.

His identity was established only after the body of his brother, Anthony John, was found 50 yards away in the same canal on 3 April.

A post-mortem examination concluded that Anthony, whose body was wrapped in a blue blanket, died from head injuries and his death is being treated as murder.

Police said both men were heavy drinkers and lived in various hostels around the Islington area. They were unemployed and single.I t is believed they had family in the Bedford area.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "It is possible that they may have been involved in some sort of fight among themselves or with other people."