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Residents on Oldham estate shaken as flat becomes scene of murder probe

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People living on an estate in Oldham have been left in shock after a ground floor flat became the centre of a murder investigation.

Emergency services were called to Flora Street, on the outskirts of the town centre, at 3am this morning, (Thursday) following reports a man had been stabbed.

The victim – a man in his 20s – was taken to Royal Oldham Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

One resident, who lives in an adjacent block of flats said: “There were loads of police here last night, the whole car park down here was full of them – it woke me up.”

At least three crime scene investigators were spotted at the scene on Thursday morning, gathering evidence from inside the home and the small outdoor space around the front door. A fourth joined them shortly after 2pm.

Three crime scene investigator vehicles and a police van were parked outside the home, with officers taping off the area to block access for cars.

Police were investigating the inside of the flat, as well as an outdoor area in front of the door.

Later in the afternoon, the road was transformed into a hive of activity, as people queued up for a pop-up food bank.

The local branch of the Bread and Butter Thing, run by OL1 Oldham, offers discounted food to families in need and volunteers continued their efforts to feed the area with a friendly face – despite being meters away from an active crime scene.

Everyone waiting for their food was talking about the police presence, which had come as a shock to many people.

One resident, who lives around the corner from the scene, was surprised to see the activity.

Crime scene investigators were spotted heading in and out of a ground floor flat

She said: “I didn’t hear anything last night, I must have slept through it.

“It was a huge shock to wake up this morning to all this, it’s very sad.”

Six people, three men aged 26, 38, and 66, and three women, aged 24, 31, and 49, have been arrested on suspicion of murder, and remain in custody for questioning.

Det Chief Insp Ben Cottam, of GMP’s Major Incidents Team, said: “Our thoughts are very much with the man’s family at this time.

“While this is believed to be an isolated incident, with no wider threat to the public, our team of detectives are working tirelessly to establish the exact circumstances of his death, and to find out who is responsible.

“I would like to be clear that our investigation remains very much ongoing and I would ask anyone with information to come forward.

“No matter how minor you may think it is, it could prove invaluable to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 0161 856 8483 quoting incident 236 of March 25 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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