Lancashire

Body of man found in Saddle Fell peat bog

Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team
Image caption Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team urged walkers to tell someone their plans

The body of a man thought to be a 75-year-old from Liverpool has been found in a remote bog in east Lancashire.

A walker discovered the body in a peat bog at Saddle Fell, near Chipping, at about 17:20 BST on Saturday.

Lancashire Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and the man may have had "a tragic accident".

Det Supt Nigel Watson said: "We believe the man travelled via train from Ormskirk to Preston on 10 September and never made a return journey."

The walker who found the body had to walk several miles to contact emergency services as there was no mobile reception in the area.

Mr Watson said: "The body has not yet been formally identified although we believe he is a 75-year-old man from Liverpool.

"We are currently trying to trace next of kin and are appealing to anyone who thinks they know him to come forward."

Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team recovered the body by helicopter on Sunday as it was too dangerous on Saturday evening.

Phil O'Brien, the charity's team leader, said: "I urge walkers not to take any unnecessary risks and to tell someone where they are going and when to expect them back."

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