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Man found dead in Wigan ‘shot and attacked with acid’

A man who was found dead in Wigan was shot and attacked with acid and dumped in the street police have said.

The body of Liam Smith was found on kilburn Drive in Shevington, Wigan at about 7pm on Thursday.

Greater Manchester Police have now launched a murder inquiry into what they have called “unique and shocking circumstances”.

The body of Mr Smith was found on a patch of rough ground between houses towards a dirt track and open fields.

GMP said: “Detectives are working tirelessly to establish the exact details of this murder, which took place in unique and shocking circumstances on a quiet residential street.” 

The hazardous substances were not believed to pose any further harm or risk to the public and have been contained, it added.

Det Ch Insp Gina Brennand said the “shocking murder of a much-loved family man” was the first fatal shooting in the area for more than two years.

She urged anyone who had seen “anything unusual or out of the ordinary near to the victim’s home” on Thursday to contact the police.

“We are determined to recover the weapon and find Liam’s killer,” she said.

A police cordon remains in place at the scene while investigations continue. 

“Specialist officers are taking precautions surrounding this incident so please do not be alarmed when they are seen in the area wearing protective clothing,” a force spokesman said.

“This is purely precautionary as per the standard procedure at the scene.”

The public has also been warned not to approach or contact anyone they suspect of being involved in the killing. 

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