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Man found dead in street named

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The death of a man found in a Chorley street is not being treated as suspicious, police have confirmed.

The body of David Swinbank was discovered in Gillibrand Walks at around 7.30am on Christmas Eve.

Police launched a major inquiry and a cordon was thrown up around the scene throughout the day.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Tuesday afternoon and it is now believed the 52-year-old father died from a fall.

A spokesman for Chorley Police said: “The discovery of the body of a man found in Chorley (on Tuesday) is not being treated as suspicious.

“Around 7.30am police received a call from a member of the public reporting that they had found the body of a man lying in the street on Gillibrand Walks.

“The man has now been formally identified as 52-year-old David Swinbank. A post-mortem examination has been carried out which has established that he has sadly died from a head injury thought to have been caused by a fall.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

A number of roads leading to Gillibrand Walks were closed to allow an investigation to take place throughout much of Tuesday. They were reopened by midday.

A forensic team wearing full body suits were at the scene and a white police tent had been erected.

One resident spoke of his “shock” at the discovery. He said: “The whole community is gobsmacked.”

Residents in the area were escorted to and from houses by police officers as investigation work was carried out.

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service confirmed that an ambulance was sent to the incident.

 

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