A Hartlepool man who died after falling from scaffolding in Manchester has been named.

Circus Street, off Chatham Street, in Manchester city centre. Image copyright Google Maps.
Circus Street, off Chatham Street, in Manchester city centre. Image copyright Google Maps.
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A man who died after falling from a building in Manchester city centre has been named locally as James Lees.

The emergency services were called to Aytoun Street in the Piccadilly area of the city at about 3.30am on Saturday.

When they arrived they found the 21-year-old man with fatal injuries.

It is thought the victim had climbed scaffolding around a NCP car park on Circus Street before the fall.

An investigation has been launched and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are appealing for witnesses as they piece together what happened.

The force has not yet confirmed the identity of the man.

Detective Inspector Vicki Kenyon from GMP’s City Centre team said: “This is a tragic loss of a young man’s life.

“My thoughts are with his family at this horrific time.

“I hope to give his family the answers they will be looking for so I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come and speak to me.

“I currently have an open mind as to the circumstances surrounding his death.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4275, 101 or via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.