Metro taxi driver found hanged from Barrow Bridge

This Is Lancashire: Police at Barrow Bridge this morning, where a man was found hanged. Police at Barrow Bridge this morning, where a man was found hanged.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Metro taxi driver who was found hanged from Barrow Bridge.

The Metro Cars driver — named locally as Asif Policewala — and his abandoned vehicle were found by a passer-by off Barrow Bridge Road at about 7.30am this morning.

The man had worked for the Bolton firm for more than 15 years and is believed to be a father to young children.

Nick Astley, owner of Metro Cars, said staff and fellow taxi drivers are “devastated” about the loss of Mr Policewala.

Mr Astley, who lives in Darwen, added: “It is an extremely upsetting time for all of us. Asif had been driving with us from the very beginning.

“None of us can believe what has happened. It has come as a terrible shock to everyone at the firm and he will be greatly missed.

"I cannot imagine what his family must be going through and my thoughts go out to them as this very sad time.”

Friends also paid tribute to Mr Policewala on Twitter.

Imran Patel wrote: "Sad news about a dear friend Asif found hung in #bolton. Will never forget our trip to #Palestine. Rip brother."

Police condoned off Barrow Bridge for an hour while firefighters and ambulance crews attended the incident.


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Mr Policewala was declared dead at the scene.

A police spokesman said: “We are not treating this man’s death as suspicious.”

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1:46pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Bond123 says...

R.i.P mate
R.i.P mate Bond123
  • Score: 3

1:49pm Wed 12 Mar 14

jus' visitin says...

R I P. I hope you've found the peace you were looking for.
R I P. I hope you've found the peace you were looking for. jus' visitin
  • Score: 2

2:08pm Wed 12 Mar 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Such a shame
Such a shame FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 3

2:12pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Mebz1976 says...

jus' visitin wrote:
R I P. I hope you've found the peace you were looking for.
RIP mate
[quote][p][bold]jus' visitin[/bold] wrote: R I P. I hope you've found the peace you were looking for.[/p][/quote]RIP mate Mebz1976
  • Score: 3

2:15pm Wed 12 Mar 14

chris25 says...

so sad my heart goes out to his family ,also spare a thought for the person that found him .
so sad my heart goes out to his family ,also spare a thought for the person that found him . chris25
  • Score: 3

2:34pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Immy73 says...

sad lost
sad lost Immy73
  • Score: 1

4:56pm Wed 12 Mar 14

mumrahhh says...

Rip mate spare a thought for those who found him
Rip mate spare a thought for those who found him mumrahhh
  • Score: 2

5:49pm Wed 12 Mar 14

What I think 222 says...

Such sad news. Always use Metro taxis, sad when someone feels that is the only way out. Condolences to his family. R.I.P.
Such sad news. Always use Metro taxis, sad when someone feels that is the only way out. Condolences to his family. R.I.P. What I think 222
  • Score: 2

6:40pm Wed 12 Mar 14

jetextreme says...

R.I.P Asif you will be sadly missed.
Neil
R.I.P Asif you will be sadly missed. Neil jetextreme
  • Score: 3

7:40pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Reebok Rhythm says...

Very sad indeed. Sincere condolences and sympathy for the person, his family and friends.
Very sad indeed. Sincere condolences and sympathy for the person, his family and friends. Reebok Rhythm
  • Score: 4

9:54am Thu 13 Mar 14

illymo_001 says...

brilliant person such a understanding person still dont believe he did this pray for him bruvs pray yaseen for him and make dua. missing him loadsxx
brilliant person such a understanding person still dont believe he did this pray for him bruvs pray yaseen for him and make dua. missing him loadsxx illymo_001
  • Score: 4

9:57am Thu 13 Mar 14

illymo_001 says...

he was a gentleman always lending a hand really a nice person we all have faults but what matters is we can offer to help and accept nothing in return and asif was such, he spared time for his friends and was bright. may Allah look after his fam and grant him janah firdos, ameen
he was a gentleman always lending a hand really a nice person we all have faults but what matters is we can offer to help and accept nothing in return and asif was such, he spared time for his friends and was bright. may Allah look after his fam and grant him janah firdos, ameen illymo_001
  • Score: 8

10:53am Thu 13 Mar 14

Mebz Human says...

A true gentleman who cared about those less fortunate than him. A rare quality these days. May his soul rest in peace.
A true gentleman who cared about those less fortunate than him. A rare quality these days. May his soul rest in peace. Mebz Human
  • Score: 5

3:43pm Thu 13 Mar 14

boltonbetty says...

"police condoned off Barrow Bridge"??
The spelling and grammatical errors in the BN never cease to amaze.... doesn't anyone proof read in their office??
"police condoned off Barrow Bridge"?? The spelling and grammatical errors in the BN never cease to amaze.... doesn't anyone proof read in their office?? boltonbetty
  • Score: 31

11:44pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Rizzy2K says...

boltonbetty wrote:
"police condoned off Barrow Bridge"??
The spelling and grammatical errors in the BN never cease to amaze.... doesn't anyone proof read in their office??
Who really cares about bad grammar and spell checking an proof reading in a situation where a wonderful an caring gentleman has sadly gone.
Spare a thought for his fam and friends and leave your sad and pathetic comments for another story.
[quote][p][bold]boltonbetty[/bold] wrote: "police condoned off Barrow Bridge"?? The spelling and grammatical errors in the BN never cease to amaze.... doesn't anyone proof read in their office??[/p][/quote]Who really cares about bad grammar and spell checking an proof reading in a situation where a wonderful an caring gentleman has sadly gone. Spare a thought for his fam and friends and leave your sad and pathetic comments for another story. Rizzy2K
  • Score: 8

11:47pm Thu 13 Mar 14

James Bond 007 says...

A very tragic story, thoughts are with the family specially his children and wife.
A very tragic story, thoughts are with the family specially his children and wife. James Bond 007
  • Score: 8

1:09am Fri 14 Mar 14

claude34 says...

I went an placed a bunch of daffs there this morn. Rip. Very sad to feel so alone
I went an placed a bunch of daffs there this morn. Rip. Very sad to feel so alone claude34
  • Score: 8

1:18am Fri 14 Mar 14

claude34 says...

I shed a little tear. Even tho i didnt know him.
I shed a little tear. Even tho i didnt know him. claude34
  • Score: 2

1:27am Fri 14 Mar 14

claude34 says...

boltonbetty wrote:
"police condoned off Barrow Bridge"??
The spelling and grammatical errors in the BN never cease to amaze.... doesn't anyone proof read in their office??
The intention was clear. Dont pick holes in an already tragic storey. A mans taken his life and all u can say is it not been worded right. I was down there laying flowers for a man i didnt know. But it touched me anyway
[quote][p][bold]boltonbetty[/bold] wrote: "police condoned off Barrow Bridge"?? The spelling and grammatical errors in the BN never cease to amaze.... doesn't anyone proof read in their office??[/p][/quote]The intention was clear. Dont pick holes in an already tragic storey. A mans taken his life and all u can say is it not been worded right. I was down there laying flowers for a man i didnt know. But it touched me anyway claude34
  • Score: 5

1:30am Fri 14 Mar 14

claude34 says...

Sorry story
Sorry story claude34
  • Score: -1

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