A BODY found in the Manchester Ship Canal on Friday has been confirmed as that of missing Padgate teenager Nathan Taylor.

Police found the body around 5pm at Latchford Locks and have confirmed this afternoon it is that of the 18-year-old.

He had been missing since leaving a party at Bridge Bar in Latchford last Saturday night.

Officers say there are no suspicious circumstances and the coroner has now been informed.

A spokesman said:"The thoughts of Cheshire Police and the communities of Warrington are very much with Nathan′s family during this difficult time.

"Cheshire Police would like to thank all members of the public who came forward with information and offers for help while the search for Nathan was ongoing."

Meanwhile members of the public have been leaving at flowers at the site where his body was found at Latchford Locks.