Human remains have been found in a suitcase near the canal in Celbridge, Co Kildare.

The discovery was made at around 3.30pm in Arclough, a village south of Celbridge in Kildare.

People walking along the Grand Canal spotted the remain in what gardaí described as a "container" in the water.

The area has been sealed off as a crime scene and will be preserved overnight.

The State Pathologist and the Garda Forensic Bureau are due to arrive tomorrow.

An investigation is under way and gardaí believe the victim died in violent circumstances.