A murder investigation has been launched after a man was brutally assaulted in Farnworth.

A 43-year-old man had been picked up in a car from Masefield Drive on Friday lunchtime and driven to Century Mill where he was assaulted by a group of men before being returned to Masefield Drive.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment.

He left hospital the next day but was readmitted two days later and sadly died on Tuesday 13 June 2017.

Police have launched a murder investigation and a 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Cheryl Hughes, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “Firstly, I want to say that my thoughts are with the victim’s loved ones at this difficult time after such a shocking attack.

“We are determined to bring these violent criminals to justice. This incident happened in broad daylight – the offenders picked the victim up and then returned him with serious injuries, to a residential area – so someone must have seen something.

“If you did witness the incident or you think you might know those responsible then I urge you to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 515 of 13/06/17, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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