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Collyhurst body identified: Man found dead in Manchester homeless centre

By Dean Wilkins

A man found dead on the premises of a Manchester homeless centre is being identified.

Peter Sears, 47, was found near King of Kings school in Collyhurst on Monday morning.

Officers found the corpse in the communal area and are treating his death as suspicious – a post-mortem examination has still not determined the cause of death.

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 June 17 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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