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UPDATE, 5.40pm Thursday 26 August

The man who died in a fire at Shorrocks Hill in Formby earlier today (Thursday, 25 August) is believed to be Andrew Coogan, although we must stress that at this stage no formal identification has taken place. Officers have spoken to the family of Mr Coogan.

UPDATE – Thursday 25 Aug 2016

Investigators at the scene can now confirm that the deceased man was found in the stables, not a caravan as first stated

Body of a man found inside a burnt caravan and horses perished in the fire at Shorrocks Hill in Formby this morning.

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Photo: Shorrocks Hill Country Club scene / credit Formby Bubble

Mans body found inside burnt out Formby Stables

Merseyside Police can confirm officers attended a fire in Formby along with colleagues from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service this morning (Thursday, 25 August 2016).

Emergency services were called to Shorrocks Hill Country Club, Lifeboat Road to reports of a fire at stables at about 5.40am.

The fire, which has been extinguished by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, completely destroyed the stable building and a caravan.

On arrival firefighters entered the caravan and found the body of a man inside. Formal identification is yet to take place. A number of horses were found to have died in the stables.

The cause of the man’s death is not yet known and a joint Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

The scene has been cordoned off for examination and house-to-house enquiries are underway.

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No-one else has been reported injured. Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3055 or on the 101 number. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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