Canal towpath closed as murder probe continues into death of Wigan teenager

Part of the canal towpath is closed and a cordon is in place as an investigation continues into the death of a Wigan teenager.

Monday, 5th October 2020, 10:39 am
Updated Monday, 5th October 2020, 10:52 am

Officers remained on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, near Lockwood Place in Poolstock, on Monday morning and crime scene tape prevented people walking or cycling along the towpath.

It follows the death of 18-year-old Samson Price, who was found in the water at nearby Scotman's Flash on Sunday afternoon.

Detectives are continuing to question three teenagers, aged 17, 18 and 19, who were arrested on suspicion of his murder.

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Crime scene tape has been placed across the towpath

Emergency services were called just before 2pm on Sunday amid concerns for the welfare of a man and a body was found.

Police say they are keeping an open mind as the circumstances surrounding his death are established.

Tributes have been paid to Samson online and thousands of pounds have already been donated to an appeal to help pay for his funeral.

Police remain on the canal towpath
The investigation continues
Samson Price