Armed gang damaged property before man was fatally stabbed

Fifth Avenue in Oldham. Image: Google Maps.

Police have revealed that a group of men armed with knives and machetes got out of a vehicle before causing damage to a property when providing an update on a murder enquiry in Hollinwood.

Officers were called shortly after 5.05pm to a disturbance involving a group of men on Wednesday (26 May).

Further updates have shown that a blue Vauxhall Corsa pulled onto Fifth Avenue in which around five armed men got out.

Greater Manchester Police have revealed that the group fled the scene after being confronted by another male, leading to a fatal stabbing of one of the men.

Emergency services attended the scene to find a 25-year-old man who was sadly pronounced dead.

A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a 35-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, but they have since been released under investigation.

Enquiries are ongoing and officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward and assist police with their investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Butterworth of GMP’s Major Incident Team said:

“As always, our thoughts are firmly with the family of the young man who has sadly lost his life and our main priority is ensuring we can provide them with the answers they desperately need.

“This incident occurred in a built-up residential area, in broad daylight, so we are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, seen a group of people behaving suspiciously in the area at the time or have dashcam footage, to get in touch as a matter of urgency.

"Any information, no matter how small or insignificant you feel it may be, could be vital in ensuring we identify and bring the responsible party to justice."

Anyone with information to contact police online, if able, via www.gmp.police.uk, or 101 quoting incident 2226 of 26/05/2021. Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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