Whitefield Metrolink station closed after man found hanged at tram stop

Bury Times: Police at the Whitefield Metrolink tram stop Police at the Whitefield Metrolink tram stop

WHITEFIELD Metrolink Station was closed after a man was found hanged under a staircase next to the platform in full view of commuters.

Children on their way to school were horrified when they spotted a man dead on a platform.

The man, who is understood to be in his 60s, was found hanged under a set of stairs at Whitefield Metrolink Station at about 8.25am today.

The first Bury-bound service passed through Whitefield at 5.47am today, but it is thought that it was too dark for passengers on early services to see the man.

Police said they are unsure as to whether he was there at that point or if he arrived at the station later.

Chris Trees, headteacher at Philips High School in Whitefield, said eight of his pupils - some of them aged just 11 - saw the man's body on their way to school.

He said two of the pupils had been given counselling in school and one of them had been sent home at the request of his parents, though the others were continuing lessons as normal.

Umar Yameen, aged 18, of Crumpsall, was on a Bury-bound tram on his way to Bury College when the tram passed through Whitefield station at about 8.30am.

He said: "There was a man under the stairs hanging with a orange rope around his neck, not much distance from the floor to his feet.

"He was wrapped up and wearing a hat because of the cold.

"It was very bad to see. People reacted with shock."

Mr Yameen added: "He was alone but then two policemen came. Eventually they placed a black cover around him."

Waqar Grzeskow, aged 17, of Crumpsall, also took a tram into Bury.

He said: "I heard some commotion and went to see what it was and there a man, roughly in his 60s.

"The tram was full of people from schoolchildren to workers. It was traumatic. Everyone was shocked and horrified."

The station was closed until about noon when it reopened fully.

A police spokesman said: "At about 8.30am, emergency services were called to Whitefield Metrolink station on Stanley Road to reports a man had been found hanged.

"Officers attended to find a man who was pronounced dead at the scene."

Firefighters helped police remove the body.

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11:12am Thu 12 Dec 13

mumtofour says...

I feel more concerned for the people that had to witness this hanging man i hope no children saw it.
I feel more concerned for the people that had to witness this hanging man i hope no children saw it. mumtofour
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12:41pm Thu 12 Dec 13

junej55 says...

I feel for the poor man, who must have felt there was no other way out. Walk in his shoes before you judge
I feel for the poor man, who must have felt there was no other way out. Walk in his shoes before you judge junej55
  • Score: 36

12:50pm Thu 12 Dec 13

mumtofour says...

junej55 wrote:
I feel for the poor man, who must have felt there was no other way out. Walk in his shoes before you judge
I didn't judge if you read it properly I didn't mention the bloke just the people who saw it
[quote][p][bold]junej55[/bold] wrote: I feel for the poor man, who must have felt there was no other way out. Walk in his shoes before you judge[/p][/quote]I didn't judge if you read it properly I didn't mention the bloke just the people who saw it mumtofour
  • Score: -7

12:55pm Thu 12 Dec 13

junej55 says...

I did read it and you wrote that you felt more concerned for the people that witnessed it. Last year l witnessed a lady jump from a motorway bridge and as upset as l felt for seeing it, my compassion lay with her and l was sorry that l was unable to help her...
I did read it and you wrote that you felt more concerned for the people that witnessed it. Last year l witnessed a lady jump from a motorway bridge and as upset as l felt for seeing it, my compassion lay with her and l was sorry that l was unable to help her... junej55
  • Score: 23

2:10pm Thu 12 Dec 13

smiley111 says...

Mumtofour I understand what you meant and I too would feel sorry for any children who found a man hanging as they would never forget it and may have flash backs for years to come :( once i witnessed a man die by a swimming pool on holiday and i warned familes with children before they saw him under a sheet as i felt it would be something they would never forget rightly so as i myself have never forgot that day it was very sad.
Mumtofour I understand what you meant and I too would feel sorry for any children who found a man hanging as they would never forget it and may have flash backs for years to come :( once i witnessed a man die by a swimming pool on holiday and i warned familes with children before they saw him under a sheet as i felt it would be something they would never forget rightly so as i myself have never forgot that day it was very sad. smiley111
  • Score: 10

2:36pm Thu 12 Dec 13

mumtofour says...

Its good there's counselling at the school for them.
Its good there's counselling at the school for them. mumtofour
  • Score: 7

11:23am Fri 13 Dec 13

sense2 says...

Very dad that someone feels there is no where to go and takes action like this. Children seeing it is not very nice and they need to be given counselling if it is deemed useful. However most children are far more resilient that we think and may not be as affected by it as we may think.
Very dad that someone feels there is no where to go and takes action like this. Children seeing it is not very nice and they need to be given counselling if it is deemed useful. However most children are far more resilient that we think and may not be as affected by it as we may think. sense2
  • Score: 9

12:42pm Tue 17 Dec 13

mumtofour says...

Who was he it still hasn't said anywere
Who was he it still hasn't said anywere mumtofour
  • Score: 2

4:07pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Hey_Judexx says...

Has this poor man been named yet?
Has this poor man been named yet? Hey_Judexx
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