Police find body in burnt out car

POLICE have launched an investigation after a body was found in a burnt out car near to Orrell.

Police were called at shortly before 9am by a dog walker to a report of a burnt out Ford Focus car on a farm track behind Upholland High School off Sandbrook Road near Orrell.

On arrival officers discovered a badly burnt body in the front driver’s seat. It is unclear at this stage whether the body is that of a man or a woman.

Investigations into how the car came to be on fire are at an early stage, and police would like to hear from anyone who has any information about the car and how it came to be where it is.

The vehicle is an old style two-door Ford Focus with five spoke alloy wheels and a larger than usual exhaust.

Police are especially keen to hear from anyone who recognises the description of the car or has seen anything suspicious relating to it; if they saw or heard anything suspicious in the area during the evening of Tuesday and Wednesday morning; if they frequent the local area or saw anything on fire on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.

At this time it has not been possible to determine any details about the body inside the vehicle, and the death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log number 0208 of January 8th or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.