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Man eliminated from police inquiries into the death of a man in Wigan
Wednesday 4th July, 2012

Police investigating the death of a man in Wigan have now eliminated a man from their inquiries.

Francis Farrell, aged 56, was found with a head injury at around 4.10am on Sunday 17 June 2012, on Frog Lane, Wigan.

Francis had suffered a serious head injury and was taken to hospital for treatment, where he died on Wednesday 20 June 2012.

Detectives from the force Major Incident Team are investigating Francis’ death as murder.

A 35-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed, has now been eliminated from police inquiries.

Detective Inspector Aaron Duggan said; “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to Francis’s death.

“We have eliminated a man from our inquiries, but still need the public’s help to find who is responsible.

“Francis was a 56 year-old man, who was much loved by his family and friends.

“He was attacked on Sunday 17 June, Fathers Day, while minding his own business on his way home after enjoying an evening out in Wigan town centre

“Whoever is responsible left him injured, unconscious and lying half in the road on Frog Lane.

“I believe that someone out there knows exactly how Francis came by his injuries that night. I would urge them to think about what Francis's family are going through, and to call me with whatever information they have.

"In particular I would like to hear from anyone who saw Francis in Wigan town centre that night.

"I would also like to hear from anyone who was in a vehicle or walking along Frog Lane between 4am and 4.15am, Sunday morning 17 June.

“It is very important that you contact the incident room as you may well have seen something crucial to the investigation and may not realise the importance of what you saw.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Incident team on 0161 856 5448 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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