Sex offender dies in flat fire on Tameside

A convicted sex offender has died following a fire in a third floor flat in Audenshaw.

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Death of man in Audenshaw fire treated as suspicious

Police have identified a man who died following a fire at a guest house in Audenshaw. At about 4pm on Saturday, police were called by the fire service following a blaze at a block of flats on Manchester Road.

A 57-year-old man sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of firefighters.

He has been identified as John McHale. Police have since confirmed he is a registered sex offender although there is no suggestion he was targeted over his criminal past, officers are treating the death as suspicious at this stage.

“Firstly, our thoughts go out to John's family who are being supported by specially trained officers at this sad time.

"This is a tragedy and we are determined to find out exactly what happened and why. We are treating John McHale’s death as suspicious and are keeping an open mind about the circumstances leading up to his death.

"Forensic experts and specialists from the fire service and police will be continuing their investigations at the scene.

"Officers will be on hand to talk to any residents who may be concerned by what has happened and I would like to urge them or anyone else who might have information that could assist to come and speak to us or call us in absolute confidence

– Detective Inspector Richard Ennis

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