Badly burnt body found

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A MAJOR inquiry has been launched after the discovery of a badly burnt body.

The grim find was made in a wooded area off Pennington Road, Siddow Common, on Monday afternoon and police are now trying to identify the man.

Det Supt Jen Williams said: “Firstly, I want to stress that we are at the early stages of our inquiries.

“A team of detectives is now working to establish the identity of the man and investigate the full circumstances that led to his death.

“I know that residents will be alarmed by this incident, but I want to reassure the community that a thorough investigation is now taking place and there are extra patrols in the area.

“I would urge anyone who has information that can assist our inquiries to call us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.