Boy, 16, charged with murder in connection with man found dead in Atherton

The teenager cannot be named for legal reasons.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 22nd November 2023

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a man at a house in Atherton last week.

It comes after Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were called reports of a man being unconscious at a property on Samuel Street in the Greater Manchester town of Atherton at around 6:08pm last Friday evening (17 November), and attended the scene to find a man who’d sustained an injury described as being “serious”.

Despite the best efforts of all emergency services who attended the scene, the man tragically passed away a short time later – with police saying they believe he had been stabbed.

With a murder investigation having now been launched, and enquiries currently ongoing, the man has since been named as 49-year-old Paul Marsh, and his family have paid a touching tribute to the “unconditionally loved” father earlier this week.

Samuel Street in Atherton, where the man was sadly found dead / Credit: Google Maps

Paul’s family have asked for continued privacy whilst they grieve for their loss, and are also being kept updated with the progress of this investigation, GMP has confirmed.


At the time the family’s tribute was paid, GMP revealed that a teenage boy had been arrested in connection with the incident, and yesterday evening, the force has now confirmed that he has been charged with murder.

The boy, who is 16 years old, cannot be named for legal reasons.


GMP says the boy was remanded in custody ahead of an appearance at Manchester Youth Court today (Wednesday 22 November).

As the investigation continues, detectives are continuing to appeal to the public for information.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Higginson said: “We are carrying out multiple lines of enquiry and are also appealing to anyone with information about this incident to make a report to police. This includes anyone who may have relevant footage including CCTV, mobile, Ring doorbell or dashcam”.


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Anyone with any information is asked to contact GMP by calling 101 quoting 2727 of 17/11/2023, or alternatively, you can report anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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