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Naked man found dead in lift shaft

A man who was seen running naked around a busy city centre was later found dead at the bottom of a lift shaft at a construction site, police have confirmed.

Police were called to a construction site on Smithfields, off Goadsby Street, Manchester, at around 1.15pm on Monday.

The body of a man, believed to be in his 20s, was found at the bottom of a lift shaft and an investigation into the circumstances leading up to his death has begun.

Police had earlier been called to a report of a naked man running through the streets of the Northern Quarter at about 10.30pm on Friday. Police received a subsequent call about a concern for welfare relating to the same man and officers were deployed to the scene.

They made a search of the area but could not locate the man. It is believed he had climbed over a fence and entered the construction site.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: "At no point did officers actually see the man. However, due to the death occurring after police contact, Friday night's response has been mandatorily referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission."

A post mortem examination will take place later this week to establish the cause of death. The death is not being treated as suspicious, police said.

Detective Inspector Brian Morley said: "This is a tragic case where a man has lost his life after apparently falling into a lift shaft and our thoughts are with his family at this time.

"Our work now is concentrating on the minutes leading up to his death. We are now confident that the deceased is the same man who was running naked round the Northern Quarter on Friday night.

"It was a normal busy Friday night and no doubt dozens of people must have seen this man. I have no doubt that if you saw him you would remember."

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