Updated: Saturday, 22nd February 2020 @ 5:50am

Burnt corpse found in Leigh woodland was not result of 'foul play', say police

Burnt corpse found in Leigh woodland was not result of 'foul play', say police

By Dean Wilkins

A man found badly burnt in Leigh woodland died from severe burns and smoke inhalation, a post-examination found today – but officers ruled out foul play.

Police believe they have identified the man and will be informing his family as investigations continue, however the ‘suspicious’ death is being ruled out as a result of foul play.

Officers arrived at the wooded area behind Pennington Road at approximately 3pm, April 9, after the corpse was discovered in an area near to a public footpath.

Superintendent Julian Snowball from Greater Manchester Police’s Wigan division said: “We believe we have traced the family of the man however, we have not been able to contact them at this stage and it would be wrong to name him before loved ones have been informed.

“We are still investigating the circumstances of the death but are satisfied that no foul play was involved. However, I would still ask for people with information to come forward.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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