A man found dead on the street with head injuries probably died as a result of a fall, say police.

The body of David Swinbank, 52, was found on Christmas Eve, in Gillibrand Walks, close to Chorley town centre.

Police treated it as a “serious incident” and sealed off the whole of Gillibrand Walks, along with sections of Carrington Road, Hamilton Road and Regent Road as a forensic team in full white body suits combed the area.

Later, a police spokesman, said: “The discovery of the body of a man is not being treated as suspicious.

“At around 7.30am we received a call from a member of the public reporting that they had found the body in Gillibrand Walks.

“The man has been formally identified as 52-year-old David Swinbank.

“A post mortem examination has been carried out, which has established he has died from a head injury, thought to have been caused by a fall.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

Gillibrand Walks resident Mark Adams said he had become aware of the incident when he woke.

He said: “I heard a bang outside during the night but thought little of it as we often get shouting and people making noise, especially at this time of year.

“When I looked out this morning I saw someone lying close to a car near the pavement. At first I thought it was someone repairing the vehicle.

“The police and ambulance turned up very quickly and the street was sealed off all morning.”