Police launch murder investigation after body found in local wood

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a body was found in a wooded area in West Lancashire.

Police were called around 5.25pm, Wednesday, May 1, after a body had been found in a wooded area. The death is being treated as suspicious and an investigation is underway.

At this stage the Police are unsure if the body is that of a man or woman and a cause of death has yet to be established. A post mortem will be carried out in due course.

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Det Chief Inspector Geoff Hurst, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “A murder inquiry is underway after a body was found in Parbold.

“At this stage it is not known if the body is a man or woman and enquiries are on-going to identify them.

“We are at the very early stages of our investigation and would appeal to anyone with information to come forward.

“Furthermore, if you have seen anyone acting suspiciously or any unusual behaviour in the area in recent days, please come forward.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1153 of May 1

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