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Suspected thief dies after being detained by members of the public in Wigan

Detectives have launched an investigation following the death of a man in Wigan.

Shortly after 3.15am on Monday 6 November 2017, police were called to Nicol Mere Drive in Ashton-in-Makerfield to reports that a man had been detained by members of the public following suspected thefts from vehicles.

Officers attended within minutes and discovered an unresponsive man – believed to be in his 20s – who was taken to hospital where he later died.

Formal identification is yet to take place.

A cordon was put in place at the junction of Bryn Road and Nicol Mere Drive. The road remains closed as the investigation progresses.

A 27-year-old man and a 24-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody for questioning.

Detective Superintendent Joanne Rawlinson of GMP’s Wigan borough said: “My thoughts are with the family of this man at this extremely difficult time.

“This investigation is currently in its very early stages and we are working hard to understand the exact circumstances that have led to this man’s death.

“I would like to reassure the local community that we have a dedicated team of detectives working on this investigation and we are treating this as an isolated incident.

“If anyone has any information, no matter how trivial, I would urge you to contact us as it may prove vital to our investigation.”

Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or 0161 856 5307 quoting reference number 233 of 06/11/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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