Traffic warden finds dead body

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A PENSIONER was found dead in a car in Wigan town centre after a traffic warden tried to issue him with a parking ticket.

The body of a 75-year-old man was discovered at the wheel of a vehicle parked in New Market Street, Wigan, shortly before 6pm on Thursday.

It is believed a warden had approached the car when the as-yet unnamed man appeared to be asleep.

Emergency services were called after he failed to show any response and paramedics attended. However, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nearby roads were closed off as officers spent more than two hours at the scene.

North West Ambulance Service said the cause of death was not-yet known, and a post-mortem would be carried out.

However police are not thought to be treating the incident as suspicious.

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said: “We attended New Market Street, Wigan, after receiving a call from a passer-by at 5.31pm, on Thursday, April 21.

“It had been reported that a 75-year-old man in a car was not responsive and appeared to be asleep.

“However, on arrival, it was confirmed that the man had sadly died.

“The Ambulance Service and police were on the scene for quite a while, and stayed at New Market Street until 7.30pm.

“The cause of death is unexplained at the moment, and a post-mortem will be carried out.”

A passer-by, who did not wish to be named, said: “A traffic warden had gone to put a ticket on the car.

“But it was found that the elderly man inside the vehicle had died.”

Another witness said: “Morrisons in the town centre was all cordoned off at the time and there were three or four police cars and a similar number of ambulances.”