Gemma McCluskie's Brother her Murder

McCluskie went missing from her Bethnal Green, east London home on the 1 March 2012. Former EastEnders actresses Martine McCutcheon and Brooke Kinsella tweeted about her disappearance in hope of getting information about her whereabouts. The actress Natalie Cassidy also raised awareness of her disappearance. The headless and limbless torso of a woman was recovered from Regent's Canal near Broadway Market in Hackney, east London on 6 March 2012 and was later confirmed to be the body of McCluskie.

The brother of former EastEnders actor Gemma McCluskie, whose headless torso was found dumped in a canal, has been charged with her murder.

Tony McCluskie, 35, of Hackney, has been charged with his sister's murder after her remains were found floating in Regent's canal in East London on Tuesday.

Detectives believe she was killed after attending the opening of the Royal London hospital in nearby Whitechapel.

The 29-year-old's disappearance was reported to police two days after she went missing. Her torso was found close to Broadway Market in Hackney after being spotted by a member of the public.

The discovery came after officers had expressed concern for McCluskie's welfare and searches were organised by her cousins Kyri Sambridge and Nikki Tsindides, with missing person posters put up across London's East End.

Friends handed out leaflets and McCluskie's former EastEnders co-stars Natalie Cassidy and Brooke Kinsella appealed on Twitter for help in finding her.

Tributes, flowers and candles from McCluskie's friends and family marked the spot where her remains were found with messages expressing shock and sadness.

Tony McCluskie is due to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court on Monday..

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