‘Potentially hazardous substance’ found on dead body in Wigan | Greater Manchester

Substances described as “potentially hazardous” were believed to be on the body of a person found dead in Wigan, police have said.

Officers were called to Kilburn Drive, Shevington, a quiet, residential village in Wigan, on Thursday evening following reports of a dead body at the scene. This was confirmed shortly after emergency services had arrived.

Greater Manchester police said they “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”.

Police are trying to identify the body and inquiries are under way. They said it was still too early to confirm whether the body was male or female.

The location was cordoned off on Friday afternoon. Residents in the cordon reported not being able to leave their homes. A crime scene investigation team arrived at the scene shortly before noon on Friday.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News, one resident said: “Police were already here when I got home from work at around 10.30 last night. Fire engines were here as well. It’s normally quiet round here though. Nothing ever happens.”

Shevington high school is less than half a mile away from Kilburn Drive. Police said: “The scene is contained, and it is believed there is no wider risk to the surrounding area.”

The nature of the substances is unknown. Earlier this year, two people had a “corrosive substance” thrown at them in Tyldesley, a town on the opposite side of the metropolitan borough of Wigan.