Man visiting grave dies after slipping on ice

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A man died after slipping on ice while visiting his mother's grave on Christmas Day.

Jimmy Halpin, 53, suffered serious head and neck injuries after he fell in Urmston Cemetery, Greater Manchester, while making his annual Christmas Day pilgrimage to lay a wreath on the grave of his mother, Mary.

He was pronounced dead on arrival to Trafford General Hospital.

Mr Halpin, from Whitefield, Manchester, leaves a son and daughter after his wife, Ann, passed away recently after suffering stomach cancer.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "At 5.20pm on Christmas Day police were called to Trafford General Hospital following reports that a man had died.

"There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and the matter has been passed to the coroner."