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    Does Manchester Have A Serial Killer Dubbed 'The Pusher'?

    Police have said a Channel 4 TV documentary to air on Tuesday examining whether a serial killer is responsible for dozens of deaths near a Manchester canal is "upsetting" for the families involved, noting there is "absolutely no evidence" to support the myth.

    More than 80 bodies - almost all of them men - have been pulled from canals and waterways in Manchester between 2008-2014. The cause of death in the majority of cases has been established, but 28 deaths are still classified as "unexplained".

    Following a Freedom of Information request by a reporter concerning the deaths, the statistics were provided to professor Craig Jackson, head of psychology at Birmingham City University, who police said he "was led to believe the deaths had all occurred in the city centre, rather than the whole (greater Manchester) county".

    Jackson suggested the deaths had "all the hallmarks of foul play", which led to media reports in January 2015 that a "serial killer was at large". The killer was later dubbed "the pusher".

    Jackson said: “What is important, is to recognise the very real concerns of dozens of individuals who have this week contacted me to give details about some of the deaths involved, including relatives of some of the deceased, and the genuinely alarming number of bodies found.

    “It is unlikely that such a high number of cases are the result of just accidents or suicides as canals are not popular suicide spots, especially for men."

    Jackson later withdrew his remarks in a statement released by Greater Manchester Police after being called for a meeting with Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson. However, a handful of cases have now been re-examined by Channel 4.

    In its documentary, titled 'Manchester's Serial Killer?', former senior detective Tony Blockley examines evidence purporting to support the allegation that the same person is responsible for a catalogue of killings. His probe focuses on the deaths of three men: Souvik Pal, 18, and 21-year-olds David Plunkett and Nathan Tomlinson.

    In a video statement on Tuesday Greater Manchester Police sought to dismiss the persistent serial killer theory. Police said all of the deaths had been "fully investigated" to determine if "anything criminal has happened".

    Detective superintendent Peter Marsh said in some cases it had been determined that people had been pushed into the canal and robbed, and as a result the perpetrators had been arrested and prosecuted. However, he said there was "no evidence to indicate a killer or canal pusher is responsible".

    Jackson added that the re-examination of the serial killer theory was "upsetting" for those who had lost family members to accidents involving the canal or waterways.

    He said: "They've gone through the inquest process, the coroners have been supportive in their review and investigation. What they have said is that if anybody had any evidence to support that a person has died... a criminal matter... assaulted... if there is evidence they should bring it back to the coroner, bring it back to the police to be investigated."

    Jackson said police had a "very high detection rate" for homicides and manslaughters. He said in one of the cases "an individual" had been spoken to, "but due to the circumstances around it" no charges were laid.

    Despite reassurances from police, some of the families that spoke to Channel 4 believe a serial killer could be at large, or that their love-ones deaths may have been suspicious.

    One such family is that of Souvik Pal who was found dead in the Bridgewater Canal three weeks after he had been ejected from a New Year’s Eve party at the Warehouse Project dance night in Trafford Park in 2013.

    Pal was seen walking away from the venue with a mystery man. CCTV footage showed two men then crossing a canal bridge before one tried to climb up a railing. The CCTV only shows one coming back but neither of the figures has ever been identified.

    Coroner Joanne Kearsley has previously said of the case: “Despite extensive investigation it can not be ascertained where or how (Pal) he entered the water.”

    According to the Mirror the teenager's father, Santanu, told the documentary: "It needs to be investigated to find out if there is really a serial killer in this case.

    "There must be involvement of a third party. That could be a straight case or that could be a serial killer."

    The parents of Plunkett - who was found dead in Manchester Ship Canal in 2012 - also dismissed police claims their son’s death was an accident. They say they heard "screaming and howling" in the last phone call he made before his death.

    And the mother of Tomlinson - found dead in the River Irwell in 2011, two months after a Christmas night - also believes his death was suspicious as his coat, phone, passport and wallet were missing.

    She said: "I have always thought Nathan's death was suspicious.

    "There were a lot of flaws in the investigation and the police were slow at the start."

    Police have previously said a number of deaths were due to alcohol, while other were suicides.

    Manchester Serial Killer 'The Pusher' Claims Dismissed By Police As 'Myth' As Channel 4 Documentary Set To Air
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    Mate off mine work's as a fire fighter around the Manchester area and reckons they pull on average 1-2 dead bodies a week out off the canals.

    Some suicides'or accidents but for sure most are men in questionable attire, intoxicated or have been on drugs shown in the post mortems.

    Most have a wizards sleeve for an arse hole according to the grapevine, draw your own conclusions.

    It is a credible train off thought to assume that Manchester's canals have a prolific, homosexual, serial killer whose been bang at it for decades.

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    Has The Canal Pusher struck again? Man's body is found in Greater Manchester waterway amid fears that serial killer has claimed his 29th victim

    The body of a man has been pulled from a canal in Greater Manchester - increasing fears that a serial killer has claimed his 29th victim.
    An astonishing 85 bodies - mostly men - have been pulled from the city's waterways in the last seven years.
    The cause behind the majority of the deaths are believed to have been established, but 28 are still classified as 'unexplained'.
    Emergency services and a specialist diving unit were called after a body was spotted in Portland Basin, in Ashton-Under-Lyne at around 8.30am today

    The man is white and believed to be in his 40s or 50s.
    A GMP spokesman said it was too early to establish how the man died or whether there are any suspicious circumstances.
    The recent deaths have caused speculation that loved ones were the victims of a serial killer they dubbed The Pusher - a psychopath who murders his targets by bundling them into the icy waters.
    Some families believe their claim has considerable substance not only because of the disproportionately high numbers of people to have died in the rivers, but due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the deaths of several men.

    Senior detective Tony Blockley appeared on a Channel 4 documentary titled 'Manchester's Serial Killer?' where he examined the evidence purporting to support the allegation that the same person may well be responsible for a catalogue of killings.
    His probe focused on the deaths of three men: Souvik Pal, 18, and 21-year-olds David Plunkett and Nathan Tomlinson.
    Souvik Pal (pictured) was discovered in the Bridgewater Canal in 2012
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    Souvik Pal (pictured) was discovered in the Bridgewater Canal in 2012
    The body of Mr Pal - a design student in Manchester - was discovered in the Bridgewater Canal three weeks after he had been ejected from a 2012 New Year's Eve party at the Warehouse Project nightclub in Trafford Park.
    A coroner recorded an open verdict into his death, admitting she did not know how he ended up in the water.
    Disturbingly, CCTV images recorded the teenager walking in the company of a man whose identity has never been confirmed minutes after leaving the club.
    David Plunkett had been at a concert at the Daytona Racetrack, also in Trafford Park, before he went missing in April 2004.
    He was found dead in the Manchester Ship Canal. Police are adamant the 21-year-old drowned accidentally.
    That view, however, is not shared by his parents Michael and Anne.
    They are adamant evidence they experienced first hand points to David's death being the result of sinister and deadly act.
    The third death being examined is that of trainee sports teacher Nathan Tomlinson, from Stockport.
    His body was pulled from the River Irwell in February 2011. He had been out with friends two months before.
    Despite still being clothed, the 21-year-old was found without his coat, phone, passport and wallet.
    An inquest into his death failed to establish if Mr Tomlinson died before or after hitting the water.
    Craig Jackson, a criminologist lecturing at Birmingham City University, previously said he believed that the high number of similar cases makes it unlikely that they are all either accidents or suicides.


    Body found in Greater Manchester canal as fears killer The Pusher is back | Daily Mail Online

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