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Wigan woodland body: Family pay tribute to strangle victim left in wheelie bin

By Dean Wilkins

A Wigan family are paying tribute to a man who was strangled to death and left in a wheelie bin.

The body of Steven Rourke, 26, was discovered by two men walking on land off Bickershaw Lane in Wigan on Sunday.

Three people aged 19, 21 and 24 were arrested on suspicion of murder and are being questioned by police.

In a statement, Mr Rourke’s family said: “Steven was a lovely young man who was always happy to help others.

“He was well known in the Bickershaw area, where he was well liked as Steven never saw any bad in anyone.

“He had a keen interest in music and loved his family, who were very proud of him.

“He particularly loved his young nephew and niece and the family will miss him so very much.

“At 26 years old Steven was taken from us far too young.

“We would also like say thank you to the men who found Steven’s body and alerted the police.”

A post-mortem examination said the provisional verdict was death by strangulation, but the pathologist is carrying out more tests.

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