Investigation launched after a body is recovered from the canal at Wigan
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A passer-by is believed to have made the grim discovery where the waterway passes close to Beech Hill crossroads.
A brief statement from Greater Manchester Police reads: “At approximately 5pm yesterday (Sunday August 13) officers were called to reports of a body found in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal near Woodhouse Lane in Wigan.
"Greater Manchester Police is urging people to avoid the area whilst they respond.”