The death of a woman whose body was found near a river bank in Bury is not being treated as suspicious, a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson confirmed.

The 46-year-old woman was tragically found dead on banking near the River Roch, on the Goshen Playing Field, on Sunday morning (November 19). Police, fire crews and specialist water search teams had been nearby the evening before, beside Newby Close, after being called at around around 5.15pm.

Police said they responded to reports of concern for the welfare of a woman, while the fire service said crews had attended to assist in a rescue of a person from the water. The woman's next of kin was informed as investigations were carried out on the scene.

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In an update issued this morning (Monday), a spokesperson for GMP said her death was not being treated as suspicious at this stage. An inquest into her death is expected to be held at a later date.

After the tragic discovery was made, a forensic tent was erected by the side of the river. A large area was cordoned off by officers.

Police on the scene near the Goshen Playing Field

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police previously said: "Police were called to reports of a concern for welfare at Newby Close in Bury on Saturday 18 November 2023. Sadly, officers found a body of a 46-year-old woman on banking near the Roch River.

"Her next of kin have been informed. A scene remains in place. Enquiries into the exact circumstances of her death are ongoing."

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