Man who died while walking on M61 had just been dropped off at service station by police

Stephen Hayes, who died when he was hit by a car after walking on the M61.

Stephen Hayes, who died when he was hit by a car after walking on the M61.

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A 68-YEAR old man who was killed by a lorry as he walked on the M61 motorway had been questioned by police less than an hour before his death.

Officers found Stephen Hayes in Blackrod and because his car was “undriveable” dropped him off at Rivington Service Station — close to where he died.

The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Mr Hayes, pictured, was killed when he was hit by the vehicle on the M61, just north of Rivington Services between junctions 6 and 8 at about 1.30am on April 11.

It has been revealed that Greater Manchester Police received a report at 12.30am that a car was being driven dangerously in Blackrod.

Details of the vehicle were circulated and the car was found outside Blackrod Primary School in Manchester Road in a “damaged” and “undriveable” condition.

Mr Hayes, from Blackpool, was found near to the vehicle by a police officer.

A spokesman for GMP said: “He passed a road side breath test and was also checked on police computer systems.

“Due to his vehicle being damaged and undriveable and due to him being from out of the force area, an officer took him to the service station on the M61 so he could be collected by a family member.”

The spokesman added that the force was informed that a short time later Mr Hayes was hit by a lorry on the motorway.

At the time of his death, the 68-year-old’s family described him as a “caring and loving dad who will be sadly missed by his daughters, son, grandson and friends.”

According to IPCC guidelines, such cases would be referred to the watchdog to ensure police followed the correct procedure and ensured the person in question was in a healthy state of mind when the officer left him.


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Mr Hayes was the second person to be killed on the M61 in the same week.

His death followed that of 30-year-old Gary Wood, from Blackburn, who was hit by a car as he travelled home on foot from a Tinie Tempah concert in Manchester on March 29.

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8:26am Wed 30 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home.

Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,
Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home. Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight, Jim271
  • Score: 26

8:46am Wed 30 Apr 14

lv8151 says...

Jim271 wrote:
Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home.

Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,
thats the point the policeman did give the free taxi service .... to a location that anyone not from this area would not have a clue how to get away from ..... the point is did mr hayes ask to be took to the service station or is this where he was dumped by the police .... i suppose we'll have to wait and see
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home. Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,[/p][/quote]thats the point the policeman did give the free taxi service .... to a location that anyone not from this area would not have a clue how to get away from ..... the point is did mr hayes ask to be took to the service station or is this where he was dumped by the police .... i suppose we'll have to wait and see lv8151
  • Score: -16

9:12am Wed 30 Apr 14

filthy6 says...

lv8151 wrote:
Jim271 wrote: Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home. Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,
thats the point the policeman did give the free taxi service .... to a location that anyone not from this area would not have a clue how to get away from ..... the point is did mr hayes ask to be took to the service station or is this where he was dumped by the police .... i suppose we'll have to wait and see
No the point is - they took him to the only place open 24 hours, were he could wait for a family member to come from Blackpool to pick him up.
[quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home. Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,[/p][/quote]thats the point the policeman did give the free taxi service .... to a location that anyone not from this area would not have a clue how to get away from ..... the point is did mr hayes ask to be took to the service station or is this where he was dumped by the police .... i suppose we'll have to wait and see[/p][/quote]No the point is - they took him to the only place open 24 hours, were he could wait for a family member to come from Blackpool to pick him up. filthy6
  • Score: 51

9:31am Wed 30 Apr 14

lv8151 says...

filthy6 wrote:
lv8151 wrote:
Jim271 wrote: Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home. Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,
thats the point the policeman did give the free taxi service .... to a location that anyone not from this area would not have a clue how to get away from ..... the point is did mr hayes ask to be took to the service station or is this where he was dumped by the police .... i suppose we'll have to wait and see
No the point is - they took him to the only place open 24 hours, were he could wait for a family member to come from Blackpool to pick him up.
you are obviously not from bolton or surrounding area if you think the service station is the only 24 hour place or safe place(police station) .... and if the family was on their way to pick him up why would he start to walk .... like i said previously we will have to wait and see about this 1
[quote][p][bold]filthy6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home. Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,[/p][/quote]thats the point the policeman did give the free taxi service .... to a location that anyone not from this area would not have a clue how to get away from ..... the point is did mr hayes ask to be took to the service station or is this where he was dumped by the police .... i suppose we'll have to wait and see[/p][/quote]No the point is - they took him to the only place open 24 hours, were he could wait for a family member to come from Blackpool to pick him up.[/p][/quote]you are obviously not from bolton or surrounding area if you think the service station is the only 24 hour place or safe place(police station) .... and if the family was on their way to pick him up why would he start to walk .... like i said previously we will have to wait and see about this 1 lv8151
  • Score: -25

10:24am Wed 30 Apr 14

filthy6 says...

lv8151 wrote:
filthy6 wrote:
lv8151 wrote:
Jim271 wrote: Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home. Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,
thats the point the policeman did give the free taxi service .... to a location that anyone not from this area would not have a clue how to get away from ..... the point is did mr hayes ask to be took to the service station or is this where he was dumped by the police .... i suppose we'll have to wait and see
No the point is - they took him to the only place open 24 hours, were he could wait for a family member to come from Blackpool to pick him up.
you are obviously not from bolton or surrounding area if you think the service station is the only 24 hour place or safe place(police station) .... and if the family was on their way to pick him up why would he start to walk .... like i said previously we will have to wait and see about this 1
12.30am in Blackrod - Where's open?
His family are coming to pick him up from Blackpool - which way would they go, especially if they don't know the area?

Service Station seems a sensible option to me
[quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]filthy6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home. Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,[/p][/quote]thats the point the policeman did give the free taxi service .... to a location that anyone not from this area would not have a clue how to get away from ..... the point is did mr hayes ask to be took to the service station or is this where he was dumped by the police .... i suppose we'll have to wait and see[/p][/quote]No the point is - they took him to the only place open 24 hours, were he could wait for a family member to come from Blackpool to pick him up.[/p][/quote]you are obviously not from bolton or surrounding area if you think the service station is the only 24 hour place or safe place(police station) .... and if the family was on their way to pick him up why would he start to walk .... like i said previously we will have to wait and see about this 1[/p][/quote]12.30am in Blackrod - Where's open? His family are coming to pick him up from Blackpool - which way would they go, especially if they don't know the area? Service Station seems a sensible option to me filthy6
  • Score: 47

10:46am Wed 30 Apr 14

wsw69 says...

The service station was by far the best place for him to be left at. Warm, dry, comfortable seating, toilets, food and drinks available and most of all, safe. That was until the gentleman decided to walk off from the safe harbour the police left him at.

The service area would be very easy to find for anyone, from anywhere, coming to collect someone from.

There is no way the police are responsible for the poor chaps demise. They fulfilled their duty of care.

I worked for a very well known motoring organisation for 17 years, the M61 being a small patch of my regular area. Any of our members that I attended, and other none members in distress I would attend to at the side of the motorway that would need collecting, then we would take them to the nearest service area.

My job was dealing with the people and everyone's safety FIRST and the rest was secondary. Motorways are lethal places, the hard shoulder much more dangerous than the live lanes. It's where the majority of the deaths and serious injuries occur on our motorway network.

It's correct to have an investigation and let that investigation take it's course.

A sad ending to what was a safe pick up point, and good duty of care being effected by the police officers.
The service station was by far the best place for him to be left at. Warm, dry, comfortable seating, toilets, food and drinks available and most of all, safe. That was until the gentleman decided to walk off from the safe harbour the police left him at. The service area would be very easy to find for anyone, from anywhere, coming to collect someone from. There is no way the police are responsible for the poor chaps demise. They fulfilled their duty of care. I worked for a very well known motoring organisation for 17 years, the M61 being a small patch of my regular area. Any of our members that I attended, and other none members in distress I would attend to at the side of the motorway that would need collecting, then we would take them to the nearest service area. My job was dealing with the people and everyone's safety FIRST and the rest was secondary. Motorways are lethal places, the hard shoulder much more dangerous than the live lanes. It's where the majority of the deaths and serious injuries occur on our motorway network. It's correct to have an investigation and let that investigation take it's course. A sad ending to what was a safe pick up point, and good duty of care being effected by the police officers. wsw69
  • Score: 72

11:29am Wed 30 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

Someone is going after compensation, and guess who is gong to have to pay.......US!!!!!
Someone is going after compensation, and guess who is gong to have to pay.......US!!!!! Jim271
  • Score: -25

5:43pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Leyannekt says...

Sorry, but given that it's illegal to walk on a motorway, and the only way to leave a motorway service station without a motor vehicle is on foot, the police should never drop anyone at a motorway service station. Unless of course there is already someone waiting to collect them. Nothing to do with whether or not the police are to blame for offering or failing to offer a free taxi service. They could have taken him to the police station to wait or to a supermarket, many of which are open 24 hours.
Sorry, but given that it's illegal to walk on a motorway, and the only way to leave a motorway service station without a motor vehicle is on foot, the police should never drop anyone at a motorway service station. Unless of course there is already someone waiting to collect them. Nothing to do with whether or not the police are to blame for offering or failing to offer a free taxi service. They could have taken him to the police station to wait or to a supermarket, many of which are open 24 hours. Leyannekt
  • Score: -15

7:12pm Wed 30 Apr 14

wsw69 says...

Leyannekt wrote:
Sorry, but given that it's illegal to walk on a motorway, and the only way to leave a motorway service station without a motor vehicle is on foot, the police should never drop anyone at a motorway service station. Unless of course there is already someone waiting to collect them. Nothing to do with whether or not the police are to blame for offering or failing to offer a free taxi service. They could have taken him to the police station to wait or to a supermarket, many of which are open 24 hours.
It has been protocol for a great number of years to drop people off at motorway service stations for people to collect them. Service stations are safe places when inside the café/shopping areas. It happens thousands of times a week up and down the land.

To quote it's illegal to walk on a motorway, when he was dropped off at the café/shop on the service area, is just silly.

I've dealt with countless numbers of pedestrians on motorway hard shoulders and reported them to the police. I've known them take people home if they are local.

Most police stations are unmanned.
[quote][p][bold]Leyannekt[/bold] wrote: Sorry, but given that it's illegal to walk on a motorway, and the only way to leave a motorway service station without a motor vehicle is on foot, the police should never drop anyone at a motorway service station. Unless of course there is already someone waiting to collect them. Nothing to do with whether or not the police are to blame for offering or failing to offer a free taxi service. They could have taken him to the police station to wait or to a supermarket, many of which are open 24 hours.[/p][/quote]It has been protocol for a great number of years to drop people off at motorway service stations for people to collect them. Service stations are safe places when inside the café/shopping areas. It happens thousands of times a week up and down the land. To quote it's illegal to walk on a motorway, when he was dropped off at the café/shop on the service area, is just silly. I've dealt with countless numbers of pedestrians on motorway hard shoulders and reported them to the police. I've known them take people home if they are local. Most police stations are unmanned. wsw69
  • Score: 15

7:13pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Comment777 says...

Jim271 wrote:
Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home.

Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,
Absolutely: every one one of them is a useless half-wit...
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home. Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,[/p][/quote]Absolutely: every one one of them is a useless half-wit... Comment777
  • Score: -16

7:16pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Comment777 says...

lv8151 wrote:
Jim271 wrote:
Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home.

Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,
thats the point the policeman did give the free taxi service .... to a location that anyone not from this area would not have a clue how to get away from ..... the point is did mr hayes ask to be took to the service station or is this where he was dumped by the police .... i suppose we'll have to wait and see
Dumped there after protest from Mr Hayes...his family should have those responsible in court. They will in all circumstances be acquitted but at least the public should realise that those upholding the law are lacking in common sense and brain power
[quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home. Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,[/p][/quote]thats the point the policeman did give the free taxi service .... to a location that anyone not from this area would not have a clue how to get away from ..... the point is did mr hayes ask to be took to the service station or is this where he was dumped by the police .... i suppose we'll have to wait and see[/p][/quote]Dumped there after protest from Mr Hayes...his family should have those responsible in court. They will in all circumstances be acquitted but at least the public should realise that those upholding the law are lacking in common sense and brain power Comment777
  • Score: -18

7:19pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Comment777 says...

filthy6 wrote:
lv8151 wrote:
Jim271 wrote: Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home. Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,
thats the point the policeman did give the free taxi service .... to a location that anyone not from this area would not have a clue how to get away from ..... the point is did mr hayes ask to be took to the service station or is this where he was dumped by the police .... i suppose we'll have to wait and see
No the point is - they took him to the only place open 24 hours, were he could wait for a family member to come from Blackpool to pick him up.
Mc Donalds, Train Station, Bus Station, Taxi Rank, but no they dump him on a motorway service station. If this is so obvious why did Mr Hayes attempt to leave the service area....The police will cover this up, their notebooks will match (now), the interviews with the IPCC will be rehearsed and they will get away with what is culpable homicide...
[quote][p][bold]filthy6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home. Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,[/p][/quote]thats the point the policeman did give the free taxi service .... to a location that anyone not from this area would not have a clue how to get away from ..... the point is did mr hayes ask to be took to the service station or is this where he was dumped by the police .... i suppose we'll have to wait and see[/p][/quote]No the point is - they took him to the only place open 24 hours, were he could wait for a family member to come from Blackpool to pick him up.[/p][/quote]Mc Donalds, Train Station, Bus Station, Taxi Rank, but no they dump him on a motorway service station. If this is so obvious why did Mr Hayes attempt to leave the service area....The police will cover this up, their notebooks will match (now), the interviews with the IPCC will be rehearsed and they will get away with what is culpable homicide... Comment777
  • Score: -17

7:20pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Comment777 says...

filthy6 wrote:
lv8151 wrote:
filthy6 wrote:
lv8151 wrote:
Jim271 wrote: Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home. Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,
thats the point the policeman did give the free taxi service .... to a location that anyone not from this area would not have a clue how to get away from ..... the point is did mr hayes ask to be took to the service station or is this where he was dumped by the police .... i suppose we'll have to wait and see
No the point is - they took him to the only place open 24 hours, were he could wait for a family member to come from Blackpool to pick him up.
you are obviously not from bolton or surrounding area if you think the service station is the only 24 hour place or safe place(police station) .... and if the family was on their way to pick him up why would he start to walk .... like i said previously we will have to wait and see about this 1
12.30am in Blackrod - Where's open?
His family are coming to pick him up from Blackpool - which way would they go, especially if they don't know the area?

Service Station seems a sensible option to me
Sensible would have been Blackrod....
[quote][p][bold]filthy6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]filthy6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Again its always the Policemans fault for not offering the free taxi service home. Perhaps he should have been arrested and kept in a cell overnight,[/p][/quote]thats the point the policeman did give the free taxi service .... to a location that anyone not from this area would not have a clue how to get away from ..... the point is did mr hayes ask to be took to the service station or is this where he was dumped by the police .... i suppose we'll have to wait and see[/p][/quote]No the point is - they took him to the only place open 24 hours, were he could wait for a family member to come from Blackpool to pick him up.[/p][/quote]you are obviously not from bolton or surrounding area if you think the service station is the only 24 hour place or safe place(police station) .... and if the family was on their way to pick him up why would he start to walk .... like i said previously we will have to wait and see about this 1[/p][/quote]12.30am in Blackrod - Where's open? His family are coming to pick him up from Blackpool - which way would they go, especially if they don't know the area? Service Station seems a sensible option to me[/p][/quote]Sensible would have been Blackrod.... Comment777
  • Score: -14

7:23pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Comment777 says...

wsw69 wrote:
The service station was by far the best place for him to be left at. Warm, dry, comfortable seating, toilets, food and drinks available and most of all, safe. That was until the gentleman decided to walk off from the safe harbour the police left him at.

The service area would be very easy to find for anyone, from anywhere, coming to collect someone from.

There is no way the police are responsible for the poor chaps demise. They fulfilled their duty of care.

I worked for a very well known motoring organisation for 17 years, the M61 being a small patch of my regular area. Any of our members that I attended, and other none members in distress I would attend to at the side of the motorway that would need collecting, then we would take them to the nearest service area.

My job was dealing with the people and everyone's safety FIRST and the rest was secondary. Motorways are lethal places, the hard shoulder much more dangerous than the live lanes. It's where the majority of the deaths and serious injuries occur on our motorway network.

It's correct to have an investigation and let that investigation take it's course.

A sad ending to what was a safe pick up point, and good duty of care being effected by the police officers.
So why did he leave such a safe haven? You do not have the facts, he was dumped at a motorway service station after minding his own business. If driving an unsafe car is the criterion applied for taking people to Blackrod services it would every night be full of taxi drivers....
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: The service station was by far the best place for him to be left at. Warm, dry, comfortable seating, toilets, food and drinks available and most of all, safe. That was until the gentleman decided to walk off from the safe harbour the police left him at. The service area would be very easy to find for anyone, from anywhere, coming to collect someone from. There is no way the police are responsible for the poor chaps demise. They fulfilled their duty of care. I worked for a very well known motoring organisation for 17 years, the M61 being a small patch of my regular area. Any of our members that I attended, and other none members in distress I would attend to at the side of the motorway that would need collecting, then we would take them to the nearest service area. My job was dealing with the people and everyone's safety FIRST and the rest was secondary. Motorways are lethal places, the hard shoulder much more dangerous than the live lanes. It's where the majority of the deaths and serious injuries occur on our motorway network. It's correct to have an investigation and let that investigation take it's course. A sad ending to what was a safe pick up point, and good duty of care being effected by the police officers.[/p][/quote]So why did he leave such a safe haven? You do not have the facts, he was dumped at a motorway service station after minding his own business. If driving an unsafe car is the criterion applied for taking people to Blackrod services it would every night be full of taxi drivers.... Comment777
  • Score: -10

7:26pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Comment777 says...

Leyannekt wrote:
Sorry, but given that it's illegal to walk on a motorway, and the only way to leave a motorway service station without a motor vehicle is on foot, the police should never drop anyone at a motorway service station. Unless of course there is already someone waiting to collect them. Nothing to do with whether or not the police are to blame for offering or failing to offer a free taxi service. They could have taken him to the police station to wait or to a supermarket, many of which are open 24 hours.
Well said, but to carry out any of your suggestions would require some thought, a talent for which members of the PF are not renowned...
[quote][p][bold]Leyannekt[/bold] wrote: Sorry, but given that it's illegal to walk on a motorway, and the only way to leave a motorway service station without a motor vehicle is on foot, the police should never drop anyone at a motorway service station. Unless of course there is already someone waiting to collect them. Nothing to do with whether or not the police are to blame for offering or failing to offer a free taxi service. They could have taken him to the police station to wait or to a supermarket, many of which are open 24 hours.[/p][/quote]Well said, but to carry out any of your suggestions would require some thought, a talent for which members of the PF are not renowned... Comment777
  • Score: -11

7:28pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Comment777 says...

wsw69 wrote:
Leyannekt wrote:
Sorry, but given that it's illegal to walk on a motorway, and the only way to leave a motorway service station without a motor vehicle is on foot, the police should never drop anyone at a motorway service station. Unless of course there is already someone waiting to collect them. Nothing to do with whether or not the police are to blame for offering or failing to offer a free taxi service. They could have taken him to the police station to wait or to a supermarket, many of which are open 24 hours.
It has been protocol for a great number of years to drop people off at motorway service stations for people to collect them. Service stations are safe places when inside the café/shopping areas. It happens thousands of times a week up and down the land.

To quote it's illegal to walk on a motorway, when he was dropped off at the café/shop on the service area, is just silly.

I've dealt with countless numbers of pedestrians on motorway hard shoulders and reported them to the police. I've known them take people home if they are local.

Most police stations are unmanned.
Unmanned (verb) deprive of qualities traditionally associated with men, such as self-control or courage...
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Leyannekt[/bold] wrote: Sorry, but given that it's illegal to walk on a motorway, and the only way to leave a motorway service station without a motor vehicle is on foot, the police should never drop anyone at a motorway service station. Unless of course there is already someone waiting to collect them. Nothing to do with whether or not the police are to blame for offering or failing to offer a free taxi service. They could have taken him to the police station to wait or to a supermarket, many of which are open 24 hours.[/p][/quote]It has been protocol for a great number of years to drop people off at motorway service stations for people to collect them. Service stations are safe places when inside the café/shopping areas. It happens thousands of times a week up and down the land. To quote it's illegal to walk on a motorway, when he was dropped off at the café/shop on the service area, is just silly. I've dealt with countless numbers of pedestrians on motorway hard shoulders and reported them to the police. I've known them take people home if they are local. Most police stations are unmanned.[/p][/quote]Unmanned (verb) deprive of qualities traditionally associated with men, such as self-control or courage... Comment777
  • Score: -9

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