A 13-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a popular dad who was found dead in a churchyard.

The body of Steven McMyler, 34, was found in the gardens of Wigan Parish Church in Bishopgate, Wigan, last Thursday.

Greater Manchester Police launched an investigation and have made a number of arrests.

A 19-year-old man, Jordan Short, of Rushey Hey Road, Kirkby, has already appeared in court charged with murder.

Today the 13-year-old boy, from the Whiston area, is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates Court also charged with murder, reports the MEN.

He cannot be named for legal reasons.

Greater Manchester Police said three men - aged 30, 19 and 18 - who were previously arrested on suspicion of murder have been released under investigation.

In a statement issued on Wednesday police, said: "Shortly before 7.50pm on Thursday, August 6, police were called by the ambulance service to reports of concern for a man outside the church on Bishopgate, Wigan.

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"Despite the best efforts of emergency services, Steven James McMyler sadly died at the scene."

Paying tribute to him, Mr McMyler's family said: "Steven was an extremely likeable lad, and everyone who came across him loved him as much as we all did.

"He was a popular lad, and he lit the room up as soon as he walked in.

"Everybody thought the world of him, as he had a heart of gold."

Police said enquiries were continuing and repeated an appeal for witnesses.