Officials take an unusual strategy
The Undercroft is a section of canal which passes through Machester's bar district. Despite having far fewer canals than similar towns in northern England, this particular section of canal has claimed a surprising number of lives: 60 in the last two years alone.
In fact, as the death toll has risen, Manchester's canal now accounts for over a third of all deaths in UK waterways in an average year. So many, in fact, that experts believe that a serial killer may be at work, one they have dubbed "The Pusher."
However, the only evidence of a serial killer at work is the high number of deaths. And many of these can be attributed to the usual intersection between a large, cold, un-monitored body of water which stands near a city's club scene. Including suicides, arguments gone wrong, and "Hold my beer and watch this."
No one has apparently reported having seen The Pusher at work. There are no survivors who tell tales of being pushed into the water. And despite the UK's notorious coverage of public areas by CCTV, there are no videos of this particular area.
Instead of staking it out and looking for the killer, police have opted to close this area of the canal at night. It will be locked off from 10PM to 7AM every night.
This will surely help reduce the number of deaths by suicide and drunks who accidentally fall into the water. According to police officials, that's all there is to it. But if there is a serial killer, will they simply move to a different section of canal? Only time will tell. This may well turn out to be a case where a serial killer turns out to be simply a myth or urban legend spontaneously arising to cover up a much more mundane truth: drunk people and cold canal water don't mix.