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Man arrested on suspicion of murder after fatal stabbing in Oldham

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was fatally stabbed in Oldham town centre. 

At around 4.20am on Saturday morning (28 May), Greater Manchester Police said the force was alerted by North West Ambulance Service to a report of a man with suspected stab wounds on Union Street. 

The man was taken to hospital in a critical condition but was pronounced dead on arrival. 

"While formal identification has not yet taken place, we believe the victim is a man in his 40s from Oldham," a spokesperson for GMP said. 

"Specially-trained officers have informed the man’s family and are working to support them at this devastating time.

"Initial enquiries suggest that the man was stabbed after an altercation with a man close to the Light of Bengal restaurant."

Detectives in the Major Incident Team are questioning a man in his 30s on suspicion of murder after he was located and detained. 

A large cordon remains in place on Union Street on Saturday afternoon. 

A GMP spokesperson said "extensive and thorough enquiries" are continuing "at pace". 

They added: "While officers are working to minimise travel disruption through the town, we are working to ensure that all possible lines of inquiry are carried out at the scene of the incident." 

Anyone with information is urged to contact police via the LiveChat function on the GMP website, or by calling 101 quoting incident 501 of 28/05/2022.

Detective Superintendent Simon Hurst said: “We have a dedicated team of detectives working at pace following this fatal stabbing in the early hours of today, and we’re doing all we can to support the man’s family at this awful time and ensure that they get the justice they absolutely deserve.

“We’ve already spoken to a large number of witnesses who were in the town overnight, and we’re keen to ensure that we speak to everyone possible who may have seen something of significance in the moments before and after this devastating incident.

“This is understandably shocking news for the public to wake up to today and that is why we are conducting a wide-range of extensive and complex enquiries – including at the large scene in the town centre – to ensure we bring the man responsible to justice.”

Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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