LGF & GMP working in partnership

Publish Date: 29/10/2008

Alexander LynchGreater Manchester Police and the Lesbian and Gay Foundation have been working in partnership over the last month in relation to the Alexander Lynch drowning case.

Alexander 'Jimmy' Lynch, 46, drowned in the canal in an area close to Ducie Street and Dale Street, around 2am on Friday 3 October 2008. The area is a place sometimes used by men who are looking for sex with other men.

Over the past month GMP have launched a poster and leaflet campaign around Canal Street's bars, restaurants, and clubs; appealing for witnesses to come forward, and there have also been anniversary events in a bid to gather more information.

Representatives from GMP have accompanied LGF staff on their 'Enough is Enough' campaign around the Gay Village, collecting people's stories about their experiences of homophobia. GMP have also invited a representative from the LGF to the Serious Crime Room to sit in on briefings about the case.

GMP and the LGF have now released a joint press release encouraging witnesses to come forward. Police are aware that a number of witnesses are yet to come forward, and are offering any witnesses who may have information about the circumstances surrounding Alexanders's death, to pass it to the police through the Foundation.

Detective Superintendent Julian Ross of GMP's Major Incident Team said: "We understand there may have been people in the area who may not feel comfortable talking to us about why they were there or what they saw.

"The LGF can act as an intermediary between the witnesses and the police. They will be able to Ducie Street, Manchester collect information and pass it on to police, if necessary keeping the witness anonymous."

The LGF also encouraged people about coming forward: 'LGF know that GMP are doing everything possible to establish what happened to Mr Lynch on the tow path, but with such a lack of information it is vital that members of the community who can help the police with their enquiries in any way come forward, as there may be ongoing safety concerns for other users of the area."

Detective Superintendent Ross added: "As the investigation continues we are getting to a point where we will be able to identify people believed to be at the scene.

"We will endeavour to approach any potential witness in a sensitive manner, however for some it would be far easier for them to make the approach to the LGF or us.

"If you were a witness that night please get in touch."

To pass information through the LGF call 0161 235 8035 (office hours) or 0845 3 30 30 30 (6pm-10pm) or visit them at 105-107 Princess Street, Manchester,M1 6DD. To contact police call the incident room on 0161 856 4711 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.