‘Bodies in Doncaster canal’ rumour sweeps Facebook

The canal bridge at Stainforth.
The canal bridge at Stainforth.
Have your say

Police have moved to calm fears after rumours of bodies being found in a Doncaster canal swept social media yesterday.

Scores of posters on Facebook and Twitter claimed that police had closed off the bridge near the New Inn at Stainforth following a discovery of a body in the foundations of the bridge.

The post said: “stainforth canal bridge to come down, police have found a body in foundations, and think their (sic) maybe more, than 1. poss up to 3.”

But a spokesman for South Yorkshire Police ruled out the rumour and said: “We’ve done a comprehensive search for all incidents in and around the canal in Stainforth over the weekend.

“We can’t find anything regarding bodies in the canal or indeed the bridge foundations - it looks like the rumour mill at work again.”

Last weekend, police had to deal with a similar problem when reports of a series of explosions across Doncaster town centre were spread using social media.

People claimed the blasts were gas explosions, demolition work and even a riot at Doncaster Prison - until police revealed that the actual cause of the noise was loud fireworks.