Police have recovered a severed head from a canal where the decapitated remains of a former EastEnders actress were found.

Scotland Yard said the discovery was made by a member of the public in Regent's Canal in Hackney, east London, yesterday afternoon.

It comes more than six months after the headless and limbless body of actress Gemma McCluskie, 29, were discovered in the same stretch of water.


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Tony McCluskie, 35, is due to stand trial accused of the murder of his sister on November 12

Miss McCluskie, who played Kerry Skinner in the BBC soap in 2001, had been missing for a week after attending the £650 million opening of the new Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.

She was last seen returning to the home in Pelter Street, Hackney, that she shared with her brother Tony McCluskie.

A police spokesman said: "We can confirm that a head was recovered from Regent's Canal yesterday afternoon. It is still yet to be identified."

The spokesman would not speculate on a connection with the killing of Miss McCluskie, whose remains were found in March.

Friends launched extensive searches across east London in a bid to find her, and former EastEnders co-stars Natalie Cassidy and Brooke Kinsella both appealed for help on Twitter.

Miss McCluskie's character arrived in Walford as a friend of Zoe Slater and the great-niece of the late Ethel Skinner. She briefly dated Robbie Jackson.


McCluskie, 35, is due to stand trial accused of the murder of his sister on November 12.

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  • Gemma McCluskie death

    Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Gemma McCluskie. Police have recovered a severed head from a canal where the decapitated remains of the former EastEnders actress were found. Scotland Yard said the discovery was made by a member of the public in Regent's Canal in Hackney, east London, yesterday afternoon.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regents Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regents Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regents Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regents Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regents Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regents Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regents Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regents Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regents Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regents Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regents Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Gemma McCluskie death

    BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE: Undated handout CCTV still issued by the Metropolitan Police of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie, attending a hospital opening ceremony on Wednesday February 29. Detectives revealed today that Gemma was murdered and dumped in a canal after attending the high-profile hospital opening ceremony.

  • Gemma McCluskie death

    BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE: Undated handout CCTV still issued by the Metropolitan Police of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie, attending a hospital opening ceremony on Wednesday February 29. Detectives revealed today that Gemma was murdered and dumped in a canal after attending the high-profile hospital opening ceremony.

  • Gemma McCluskie death

    Tony McCluskie has been arrested after the headless torso of EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Gemma McCluskie death

    Tony McCluskie has been arrested after the headless torso of EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Gemma McCluskie death

    Tony McCluskie has been arrested after the headless torso of EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Gemma McCluskie death

    Tony McCluskie has been arrested after the headless torso of EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regent's Canal in east London.

  • Body found in Regent's Canal

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a headless torso feared to be EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was dragged from Regents Canal in east London.

  • Gemma McCluskie death

    RETRANSMITTED WITH PIXALATION AT THE REQUEST OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE PLEASE ONLY USE PIXALATED VERSION OF THIS IMAGE: Court artist sketch of Tony McCluskie, of Pelter Street, Hackney, at Thames Magistrates' Court in east London, where he is accused of killing his sister Gemma McCluskie, 29, between February 29 and March 6, and whose torso was discovered floating close to Hackney's Broadway Market last week, days after she attended a high-profile hospital opening ceremony in east London.