‘Devoted’ dad found dead in street covered with poisonous ‘hazardous substances’

The heartbroken family of a dad whose dead body found was found dumped in a street after he was poisoned has paid a glowing tribute to him.

Liam Smith, 38, was discovered deceased and covered in "potentially hazardous substances" in Wigan, Greater Manchester, on Thursday night and a murder investigation has subsequently been launched.

His family said in a brief statement on Saturday: "Liam was kind hearted, funny, the life and soul of the party.

"He was the most devoted dad, much loved son, brother, grandson and uncle. He will sorely be missed by all who knew and loved him."

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Police warned that there were "potentially hazardous substances" on the dead body, but did not go into any more details about what happened.

They have called on anyone who has had direct contact with the body, however, to speak with them or seek medical advice immediately.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday night Greater Manchester Police's Detective Superintendent Alan Clitherow said: "We don’t know what the substance is, we have done some initial inquiries, we know it’s low risk, so as I mentioned before, anyone directly in contact with the body should seek medical advice if they feel unwell but there’s no wider risk to anyone else."

The statement posted on the force's Twitter account, meanwhile, reads: "#APPEAL. At around 7pm yesterday evening (Thursday 24 November 2022) officers were called to reports of a deceased body on Kilburn Drive, Shevington in Wigan.

"Emergency services attended and sadly confirmed these reports. A scene is currently in place at the location and contained on Kilburn Drive with no disruption to the wider area.

"Police believe there are potentially hazardous substances on the body and anyone who has had direct contact with the body should speak to officers or seek medical advice immediately."

The police statement continued: "Officers are out speaking to residents and are highly visible in the area. The scene is contained, and it is believed there is no wider risk to the surrounding area.

"We will keep the public updated when we have more information. Any information should be passed to us via LiveChat or by calling 101 quoting incident number 000910 of 25/11/2022."

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