Man arrested on suspicion of murder following two separate deaths

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with two deaths in Manchester.

On 6 July 2012, police were informed of the death of a 60-year-old man, Peter Clark, at Didsbury Court, Withington.

This was not considered suspicious at the time and following an inquest, a verdict of accidental death was recorded.

On Sunday 12 January 2014, police received a report of a concern for welfare for a 47-year-old man in the Eccles area of Salford.

Officers attended a flat on Bridgewater View and discovered the body of a Kenneth Chapman. A post mortem was unable to determine the cause of death and further tests are being carried out.

A 35-year-old man was arrested in connection with both deaths and remains in police custody for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Graham Brock said: “We are working to establish how both men died and although it is unclear exactly what has happened, we believe both deaths are drug related”.

“Following the initial investigation into the death of Kenneth Chapman we now believe that there may be suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Peter Clark in 2012.”

“Understandably, people will be concerned about what has happened but we believe there is no threat to the wider community.”