Man found in Saddle Fell peat bog named as William Smith

A man found dead in a peat bog near Chipping in Lancashire has been named by police.

A walker discovered the body of William Smith, 75, from Everton, Liverpool, at Saddle Fell in the Trough of Bowland shortly before 17:30 BST on Saturday.

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

The cause of death is not yet known but police believe he had fallen into the peat bog and become trapped.

'Unnecessary risks'

It is thought Mr Smith may have lain undiscovered for up to three weeks.

Det Supt Nigel Watson said: "A member of the public found the body on Sunday morning but there was no phone reception. It took him a number of hours to walk off the fell to raise the alarm."

Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team recovered the body by helicopter on Sunday.

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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