Tributes paid after body of man, 25, is found in Crooke

Heartfelt tributes have been paid after the body of a Wigan man was recovered near to the banks of the River Douglas.

Tuesday, 26th July 2016, 8:00 am
Flowers and tributes at the scene where the body of a 25-year-old man was found

An outpouring of grief was evident on social media pages with the 25-year-old named locally as Nathan Christy.

The Evening Post understands Mr Christy was pals with Joseph Pidgeon, 25, who died earlier this month in a motorway collision on the M6, between the Haydock and Ashton junctions.

The pair were classmates at St John Fisher High School in Beech Hill.

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The emergency services were called just before 11pm on Sunday to a location off Crooke Road in Crooke Village and the death is being treated as non-suspicious, police have said.

Lesley Brennan, on the Wigan Today Facebook page, said: “Such tragic news, always a lovely smiling face, rest in peace.”

Robert Fagan posted: “Rest in peace pal, can’t believe you’re gone, you won’t be forgotten.”

Paul Davies said: “Tragic news, he was a wonderful young man, thinking and praying for your family during this said time.”

A collection of floral tributes built up throughout Monday in the village, close to the Crooke Hall Inn.

One read: “Can’t believe you’re gone, pal. Really going to miss that smile and banter.”

Another read: “Will always remember the good times. You will be truly missed. Hope you are at peace now.”

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “Shortly before 10.45pm on Sunday, police were called to an area of land just off Crooke Road, Wigan, to reports that the body of a man had been found.

“Officers attended and found the body of a 25-year-old man.

“There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

Julie Barrington said: “Just can’t believe it, what a decent young man this lad was, so sad, thoughts to all his mates and his family.”