Residents’ horror as man found hanged

Flowers left at the scene where a man's body was discovered off Beverley Road in Marsh Green
Flowers left at the scene where a man's body was discovered off Beverley Road in Marsh Green

RESIDENTS expressed horror after a man was found hanged in a large clump of bushes at a popular open space.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are now investigating the death after being called to the land off Beverley Road in Marsh Green at around 7.55am on Friday.

It’s not something young children of primary school age should be seeing

Beverley Road resident

They found a 33-year-old man, named locally as Andrew Hilton, whose body had been discovered by a member of the public who in turn alerted the ambulance service.

The man’s body was found at a spot which is notorious in the Marsh Green area as a haunt for drug users, although the cause of the death is still unclear. Tribute flowers were also left at the scene.

Residents said they were shocked by the grim find and expressed particular concern children may have seen the body as the land forms part of a popular walking route for pupils making their way to school with their parents.

One Beverley Road resident, who asked not to be named, said: “There’s a lot of small children living in this area and some of them were around the bushes and must have seen the body before the police arrived.

“It’s not something young children of primary school age should be seeing.”

Residents said Wigan Council needs to partly chop down the thick patch of vegetation as other clumps of shrubs on the field have been severely trimmed so they do not provide shelter for anyone sitting under them.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a file has been passed to the coroner.