Arrests made after death of a man outside Failsworth pub

Date published: 23 April 2019

Police have made arrests after a man has died, following a fight outside a pub on Oldham Road on Sunday.

At around 3am on Sunday (21st April), police were called to reports of a large fight outside the Royal Oak Hotel pub in Oldham.

On arrival, police found three men aged 24, 23 and 21 has been injured, two of whom had been stabbed.

24-year-old Joe O'Brien, had serious stab wounds and was taken to hospital, where he sadly died shortly thereafter.

The 21-year-old man was taken to hospital where he remains receiving treatment for stab wounds that are not believed to be life threatening.

A 22-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

They remain in custody for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Chatterton from GMP's Major Incident team said, “We are deeply saddened by Joe’s death and we are determined to find answers for his family, who are being cared for by specialist officers at this dreadful time.

While we have made arrests, it is absolutely essential that anyone with information comes forward to the police as soon as possible.

Were you in the Failsworth area early on Sunday morning? Did you witness the altercation or have any information that can assist us?

If so, please contact officers immediately. Even the smallest piece of information can assist our lines of enquiry and help solve cases such as these.”

Information can be left with police by calling 0161 856 9908 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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