Police appeal to identify man who died after bridge fall

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A man has died after falling from a railway bridge in Colne.

Police are now appealing for information to identify the man, who is described as white, approximately 5ft. 8in. to 5ft.10in. tall, and of medium to heavy build. He is also said to have had short dark hair, which was receding and greying slightly.

The man was discovered by a member of the public at the arches near to the Cotton Millworks, in Knotts Lane, at about 8pm on Sunday.

He had apparently fallen or jumped from the railway bridge above and sustained fatal injuries. Police were called by the North West Ambulance Service.

The death is not being treated as suspicious but officers are appealing for the public’s help to try to identify him.

He was wearing glasses, blue coloured trousers/jeans, dark/black shoes, white socks, blue and white fine checked shirt, grey jumper and a brown waist length jacket with a zip up the front. He was not in possession of any items which could assist in identifying him.

Det. Insp. Jez Holland, of Burnley Police, said: “We don’t suspect any foul play is involved in this tragic incident but we are hoping that someone will be able to help us identify this man and take us a step closer to finding out who he is and exactly what happened to him.

“While he doesn’t match any of our missing person’s records he is someone’s father, brother or uncle and surely someone, somewhere is missing him and wondering what has happened to him. It’s also likely that he is someone’s neighbour, possibly living alone and it may be that he hasn’t been seen by those who know him.

“Although he may well be a local man I cannot ignore the fact that he may well have travelled to Colne and would urge anyone who thinks they may know who this man to come forward and contact the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting log number 1249 of March 16th.