Updated: Thursday, 13th August 2020 @ 11:08am

'Horrified' residents start Make Wigan Nightlife Safe Facebook campaign after 60-year-old man dies in assault

'Horrified' residents start Make Wigan Nightlife Safe Facebook campaign after 60-year-old man dies in assault

By Lauren Hirst

A 60-year-old man who suffered critical head injuries on a night out in Wigan died in hospital yesterday and horrified residents are taking to Facebook to help make the town safer.

The man is believed to have hit his head on the pavement after being pushed outside Chicago Rock on King Street.

He was taken immediately to Wigan Infirmary Hospital where the police were alerted to the incident.

A 29-year-old man had already been arrested in connection with the incident but has now been re-arrested on suspicion of manslaughter – he remains in police custody. 

A post examination is due to take place to determine the exact cause of death.

Detective Inspector Andy Cunliffe said: "This incident has now taken a tragic turn and our thoughts are with the man’s family at this time.

“It is clearly a very distressing incident and I want to reassure members of the public that we remain determined to establish the full facts.

“As part of that we have established that there were a number of people outside Chicago Rock on King Street at the time the man sustained his injuries.”

Police in Wigan are urging anyone with information to come forward and are particularly interested in speaking to a group of women who were spotted outside Chicago Rock just before the incident took place.

This attack was not the first of the weekend in Wigan as a 32-year-old man remains in a critical condition after a brutal assault in Revolution night club just yards away from Chicago Rock.

The two attacks, both within 48 hours of each other, have shocked the local community and, in response, several Facebook pages have been launched in a bid to ‘make Wigan safer’.

One Facebook page titled ‘Make Wigan Nightlife Safe’, is attempting to raise awareness of the problems in the city centre so changes can be implemented.

The Facebook pages read: “After the recent horrific attacks in Wigan town centre we have decided to do something positive and make Wigan a safer place to go at night.

“We can no longer sit at home and hope our loved ones are safe, we must now do something about it but we need the people of Wigan's support.

“We are a caring, proud community and I know together we can make a difference.”

Lucy Doran commented on the page: “Wigan is becoming a very unsafe place to go out in. Something needs to be done to make us feel safe and not feel like prisoners in our own town.”

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