Inquest opened after teenagers charged with murder of man found in canal

An inquest has been opened looking at the death of a man whose body was found covered in stab wounds in a canal.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 9:03 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 9:04 am

Emergency services found the body of 33-year-old Scott Anderton in the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, near Leigh Bridge in Leigh, on Thursday, March 25.

Police discovered he had died of multiple stab wounds and a blunt trauma injury, and a murder investigation was launched.

An inquest into Mr Anderton's death was opened on Tuesday afternoon by Prof Dr Alan Walsh at Bolton Coroner's Court.

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Scott Anderton
Scott Anderton

It was adjourned for a full hearing, pending the outcome of legal proceedings.

Liam Bailey, 18, of Diamond Street, Leigh, and two boys, aged 16 and 17, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have all been charged with the murder of Mr Anderton, who lived in Leigh.

They have not yet entered pleas and will next appear before a judge at Manchester Crown Court on Friday, May 28.

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“He made time for anyone he met and would always be there if anyone needed help. Even on the darkest of days Scott was always positive and had the cheekiest smile which was infectious.

“Scott was our kid!

“Our family have been robbed of a son, dad, grandson, brother, nephew and uncle. There is an emptiness which can never be filled and our family will never come to terms with their loss.

“The only comfort we can find in all this madness is knowing that he will finally be at peace with his precious baby girl back in his arms.

"You are truly loved Scott. We promise you will never be forgotten and your memory will live on so it's not goodbye forever, our kid, but just goodbye for now.

“You will forever be our diamond in the mud.”

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