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Murder probe as man dies from a single punch in Rochdale

  • The 59-year-old victim was attacked outside a chicken takeaway in Rochdale
  • He fell backwards, hitting his head on the floor, suffering a major wound
  • 18-year-oldarrested on suspicion of assault released under investigation

A murder investigation has been launched after a man died from injuries inflicted by a single punch just moments after confronting youths who were throwing fireworks in the street.

The 59-year-old victim was attacked outside a chicken takeaway on Reed Hill, Rochdale, at around 9.15 pm on Thursday, Greater Manchester Police said.

He fell backwards, hitting his head on the floor and suffering a major wound.

Police believe a group of up to five men may have approached him outside Dixy Chicken before he was assaulted.

The 59-year-old victim was attacked outside a chicken takeaway on Reed Hill, Rochdale, at around 9.15 pm on Thursday, Greater Manchester Police said

Police believe a group of up to five men may have approached the man outside Dixy Chicken before he was assaulted

Police believe a group of up to five men may have approached the man outside Dixy Chicken before he was assaulted

An 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault has been released under investigation.

Detective Inspector Wes Knights said: ‘Our thoughts are with the man’s family at this tragic time, we are doing all that we can to find those responsible and give the family the answers they deserve.

‘I need to hear from anyone who was in the Reed Hill area yesterday evening at around this time, who may have seen something.

‘It’s a busy part of town in the evening and I would urge people to come forward with information which could be vital for us trying to establish how this man came to be seriously assaulted.’

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 2356 of 28/09/17.

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