Inquiry over police response after man found dead

The police watchdog is investigating why officers did not respond to concerns about a disabled man who was later found dead in a Bolton car park.

It is alleged there was no response to a call from Philip Dorsett's neighbour on 16 December 2010.

Mr Dorsett, 53, was found dead two hours later near his home in Bolton. His death was not suspicious.

Greater Manchester Police has referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

IPCC Commissioner Ms Naseem Malik said: "My sympathies go out to Mr Dorsett's family and friends.

"It is unclear whether Mr Dorsett was already dead when the call was made to GMP, but it is important that we independently examine how the neighbour's call was handled and the decision making that led there being no police response."

The IPCC said Mr Dorsett, who was paralysed from the waist down, had been in poor health.

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