Police warn people may need medical help as 'potentially hazardous substances' found on body in Shevington
Police have warned a body found on a quiet Wigan street could have “potentially hazardous substances” on it – and anyone who has been in direct contact should seek medical advice.
Emergency services descended on Kilburn Drive, Shevington, on Thursday evening after reports a body had been found.
A police cordon remained in place on Friday, restricting access between the junctions with Shevington Lane and Lyndon Avenue.
A forensics tent was set up on Kilburn Drive and several bags were seen in the road, while residents reported being unable to leave their homes.
After lots of speculation on social media, Greater Manchester Police confirmed on Friday morning that a body had been found.
A spokesman said: “At around 7pm yesterday, officers were called to reports of a deceased body on Kilburn Drive, Shevington.
“Emergency services attended and sadly confirmed these reports.
”A scene is currently in place at the location and contained on Kilburn Drive with no disruption to the wider area.
“Police are working to identify the body and enquiries are ongoing. We are keen to speak to anyone who has any information about this incident.”
They then revealed concerns about “substances” found on the body and urged people who had been in contact with it to get medical help.
The spokesman continued: “Police believe there are potentially hazardous substances on the body and anyone who has had direct contact with the body should speak to officers or seek medical advice immediately.
"Officers are out speaking to residents and are highly visible in the area.
"The scene is contained, and it is believed there is no wider risk to the surrounding area.
“We will keep the public updated when we have more information.”
The incident has come as a huge shock to people living nearby.
One resident said: “I heard nothing, I fell asleep in front of the TV watching Coronation Street. I woke up because the police were knocking at my door asking if I'd seen or heard anything. I told them I hadn't and they wouldn't say what it was.
"I saw police vans and vehicles, but I thought it was an accident because its a blind turn onto the road and people are always flying up and down it."
Another said: "My husband had just got back from a jazz event in Manchester and told me there was a police cordon on Kilburn. I had no idea, but I've been just to Shevington this morning there's all sorts of rumours going around.
"My daughter called this morning to say that there is a tent near where there is a clearing between houses and they think they've found a body.
"I heard sirens and saw blue lights last night but I just thought they were passing on the main road."
Another resident said: “I noticed police about at around 11pm and my daughter rang to check on me and tell me to put my alarm on."
Anyone with information about what happened is asked to contact police online or by calling 101, quoting incident 000910 of November 25.