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Body found following fire at Bolton restaurant

On Saturday, human remains were found during a search of the Lime Tree restaurant and takeaway on Bolton Road in Farnworth.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service had been called to reports of the fire at 1pm last Monday.

Five fire engines, including mobilised specialist units were utilised. Bolton Road was closed throughout that afternoon at the junction near St Peter’s Way and Gladstone Road.

Since then, efforts had been ongoing to ensure the building was safe and ascertain the cause.

Early indications

It is now believed that the fire originated on the first floor of the building. Early indications suggest it may have been used as a cannabis farm.

Detective chief inspector Andrew Naismith of GMP Major Incident Team said: “Work is ongoing to identify the deceased and we are committed to ensuring the potential family members are fully supported and informed of updates in this investigation.

“The loss of life is a tragedy and I understand the upset this news will cause in the local community. I can assure you on behalf of the investigation team that we are determined to get to the bottom of what has occurred and establish the circumstances surrounding the fire.

“I can confirm this fire is being treated as suspicious and if there is any criminal responsibility, it will be brought to light and dealt with appropriately. We are particularly interested to hear from anyone who knows how this building was being used in the lead up to November 27.

“I would also like to appeal to anyone with information about the fire itself – including if you have any footage (such as CCTV, mobile or dashcam) – to contact GMP’s Major Incident Team.”

The public can report any information to 0161 856 1995 quoting log number 1485 of 27/11/2023 or via the reporting function on GMP’s website: www.gmp.police.uk

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