THE body of a man has been found in Birkenhead.

Emergency services were called to Brandon Street, just off Hamilton Square, at 4.55pm today, Thursday, by a passer-by reporting that a man was lying unconscious in the street.

On arrival paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene and officers cordoned off the area to allow an investigation to begin.

Detectives are treating the death as "unexplained" and enquiries are being made to establish the full circumstances, although at this stage no other parties are believed to be involved in the incident.

Any witnesses or people with information should call Wirral CID on 0151 777 2265.