Biker dies following canalside collision

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A man has died following a collision on a canal towpath in Wigan.

Police were called to the area near Manchester Road in Leigh, shortly before 4pm on Tuesday (July 17), and found that a motorcyclist had been in collision with a bicycle.

The rider of the motorbike, believed to be a 19-year-old man, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

It is understood that there was a pillion passenger, who left scene before the police arrived.

The cyclist suffered minor arm injuries.

Police Constable Paul Hailwood said: “We are in the early stages of this investigation and trained officers are offered supporting to the man⿿s family.

“We understand that there was a pillion passenger who left the scene and I would like to appeal to that individual to make contact with us as possible.

“Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to call us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4742.