Murder investigation launched after man found ‘stabbed’ to death at house in Atherton

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 20th November 2023

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was found dead in a house in Atherton last Friday evening.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) explains that officers 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 when they attended the scene, they found a 49-year-old who’d sustained an injury described as being “serious”.

Officers believe the man had been stabbed.

Despite the best efforts of the all the emergency services who attended the scene, the man tragically passed away a short time later.

Following his passing, a 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder, GMP confirmed, but he has since been released and, at this time, police say he “faces no further action”.


With enquiries still ongoing, an official murder investigation has now been launched – with GMP’s Major Incident Team heading up proceedings, and appealing to the public to come forward with any information or footage that may help.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Higginson said the thoughts of the entire investigation team “remain with the victim’s family at this time”, and that officers are “committed to getting answers” and “establishing what occurred”.


He continued in his public appeal: “I understand people will be concerned when they hear of news of what has happened, but I would like to reassure you that we have a number of additional resources deployed to identifying the person responsible.

“We are treating this as a murder investigation and it is believed that the man was stabbed.

“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.

Alternatively, you can make a report anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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