Man’s body found on Collyhurst Christian school and homeless centre premises ‘suspicious’, claim police

By Dean Wilkins

A man’s body found on the premises of a Manchester Christian school is being treated as suspicious.

Officers found the corpse in the communal area of a Collyhurst building, which is also used as a homeless centre, yesterday morning.

A post-mortem examination did not determine the cause of death and the 47-year-old cannot be named until his next of kin are informed.

The King of Kings School on Dantzic Street remains closed as detectives continue their investigations.

Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson said: “Members of the public are bound to be concerned by the news that a man’s body has been found inside a building.

“At this stage, because of the injuries this man has sustained we are treating this as suspicious. Officers and specialist forensic teams are now working to determine how they were caused.

“A scene will remain in place for a number of days as police continue with this investigation. There will be a police presence at the scene and I would ask anyone who has any concerns to speak to their local officers.

A section of the building is used as a drop in centre for the homeless on weekends – there were seven volunteers and 61 homeless people in the premises before closing on Sunday.

Chief Superintendent Jackson added: “I would appeal to those who were in the building on Sunday 17 June and may have witnessed something suspicious or saw a man having medical difficulties to contact police.

“The information you have, no matter how small or insignificant you may feel it is, could help us determine what led up to this man’s death.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 3543 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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