A NUMBER of roads which were closed as large police cordons were in place after a man died in a hit-and-run in the early hours of this morning have reopened.

There were closures at Scaffel Road, Moss Bank Road and also Washway Lane, with police cordons encompassing a large area as investigations continued at the scene.

Motorists were advised to seek alternative routes.  

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Shortly after 12.30am, police patrols saw a man lying in the road on Moss Bank Road, close to the Moss Bank Hotel.

Police say that following enquiries at the scene it was established there had been a collision involving a blue car and the man, and that the car had been driven from the scene.

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Emergency services were called and the man's death was confirmed.

Enquiries are ongoing to identify him and inform his next of kin, police say.

Meanwhile, the Moss Bank Hotel pub was closed as police investigations at the scene take place.

In a statement on Facebook this afternoon, the pub has confirmed it has now reopened.

Shortly after 3.30pm it posted: "Good afternoon

"Just to let you know, your local pub has now reopened and is open until midnight.

"Thanks for your understanding."

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In a statement after the incident, Chief Inspector Rob Ross said: “Our investigation into this tragic incident is in its early stages, and while we have spoken to some witnesses and are examining CCTV footage, we are keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and witnessed any part of it.

“If you were driving in the Washway Lane, Moss Bank Road and Scafell Road area at around 12.30am or were in the vicinity of the Moss Bank Hotel at this time and have any dashcam footage, please review it and get in touch if you see anything that may assist our enquiries. 

“Any information, however small it may seem, could prove vital as we seek to understand exactly what happened.
“Whether you choose to get information to us directly or anonymously, through Crimestoppers, any information you provide will be acted upon.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to call the police's Matrix Roads Policing Unit on (0151) 777 5747, email SCIU@merseyside.police.uk, or DM @MerPolCC on Twitter quoting reference 22000025548.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.