Neighbours pay tribute to wheelie bin murder victim

Scene of the murder on Victoria Fields, Bickershaw
Scene of the murder on Victoria Fields, Bickershaw

TRIBUTES have been paid to a man whose body was found in a wheelie bin on Wigan fields.

The remains of Steven Lynch were discovered by two men on Sunday morning in nearby Victoria Fields.

Today, the local community paid tribute to the 26-year-old from Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw, also known by the surname Rourke.

He had lived in Bickershaw Lane for around eight months, and residents told how he was visited by carers, as they believed he had a slight learning disability.

Jayne Gill, 47, of Bickershaw Lane, said: “Everybody knew him. He was just so polite. He used to come to my house for a chat. He always said hello.

“He did have family but he was a loner and kept to himself. He didn’t deserve any of this – he would not have harmed anybody. He was very popular in the community. People are mortified.”

A post mortem examination has taken place but police have yet to reveal the results.

Police are also continuing to quiz three men, aged 19, 21 and 24, who were arrested on suspicion of Steven’s murder on Tuesday morning.

Detectives are appealing to anyone who saw a wheelie bin being pushed up Bickershaw Lane and on to open land.

They are also asking for information about when Steven was last seen by his family on 6.45pm on Wednesday March 21, to the morning of Sunday, March 25, when his body was found.

Det Chief Insp Jon Chadwick said: “We are continuing to investigate Steven’s death, and our thoughts remain with his family at this difficult time.

“Anyone who may have seen or heard bins being moved around the Bickershaw Lane area at an unusual time should contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 1722, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.