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Man, 87, dies after lift collapses in care home

The man died after a lift collapsed at Serendipity Care Home in Urmston. Credit: Google street view

An investigation has been launched into the death of an 87-year-old man after a lift he was using at a care home collapsed.

The man died in Salford Royal Hospital after being injured at the Serendipity Care Home in Urmston, Greater Manchester.

Police were informed of the man's death shortly before 2pm on 30 January.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Parker, of Greater Manchester Police's Trafford borough, said: "I can confirm that we have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man following an incident at a care home in Urmston.

"This is a complex joint investigation and it will take some time to establish what caused the lift to collapse."

Greater Manchester Police said the man's family are being supported by specially trained officers.

The force added that the safety of residents and staff is "a priority for all agencies involved in the investigation".

Staff from the police, fire service, Care Quality Commission and Trafford Borough Council met families of residents on Tuesday to provide information on the action being taken to ensure the care and welfare of residents.

A council spokesman said: "Trafford council is aware of the incident and is aiding the police in their investigation as well as supporting the home to manage the needs of the residents during this difficult time."

Anybody with information should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.