Death by gas poi­son­ing ‘sus­pi­cious’, say po­lice

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By HE­LEN JOHN­SON

PO­LICE have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a man died from car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing.

Of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered the body of a 58-year-old man at a flat on Wood Street, Mid­dle­ton, af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports that a man had died.

A Home Of­fice post-mortem was con­ducted and tox­i­col­ogy re­ports con­firmed he had died from car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing.

The body was found on Septem­ber 14, and, two months on, de­tec­tives are now treat­ing the death as ‘sus­pi­cious’ and have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The man lived in a flat above Shop Lo­cally, the for­mer Who’d A Thowt It pub, and po­lice are keen to speak to any­one who was in the shop or the area and no­ticed any­thing un­usual.

They say they would par­tic­u­larly like to speak to peo­ple who were there from around 5pm on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 13, un­til the time the man died, as they may hold key in­for­ma­tion.

Det Con Dan Daly said: “This in­no­cent man trag­i­cally died af­ter be­ing poi­soned in his own home – the place where you should feel safe.

“We have car­ried out a num­ber of lines of en­quiry and whilst we ap­pre­ci­ate this in­ci­dent hap­pened over two months ago, there would have been a lot of po­lice in the area at the time so it’s likely you will re­mem­ber see­ing this.

“I would urge any­one who was in the shop dur­ing those times to come for­ward and speak to po­lice.

“Any in­for­ma­tion could prove vi­tal as we need to estab­lish a full pic­ture of what hap­pened.”

No more de­tails of the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the death have been re­leased.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact po­lice on 101, quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber 1108 of 14/09/17.

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