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26 March 2012, 09:24
Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in open land near Wigan.
On Sunday police were called to a large area of open land off Bickershaw Lane, after two men out walking came across the body of a man.
The man has not yet been formally identified and a post-mortem examination will be carried out today toestablish the cause of death.
Three people aged 19, 21 and 24 have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody for questioning.
Detective Chief Inspector Jon Chadwick, of the Major Incident Team, said: “We have launched a murder investigation into the circumstances leading up to and surrounding this man's death.
“The identity of this person and the cause of death are not yet known.
“There are extra patrols in the area and this will continue over the next few days. I would encourage anyone with information or concerns to talk to us.”