Man found dead in street named

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 in Gillibrand Walks Chorley

Police in Gillibrand Walks Chorley

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.

Police in Gillibrand Walks Chorley

Police in Gillibrand Walks Chorley

“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.