THE heartbroken family of a man who was reportedly stabbed in Atherton have paid a touching tribute to him.

At around 6pm on Friday, November 17, Greater Manchester Police were called to reports of an unconscious man at a property on Samuel Street in Atherton. 

Detectives believe that the man, now named as Paul Marsh, was stabbed, but despite the best efforts of emergency services, the 49-year-old passed away a short time later.

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Leigh Journal: Police on the scene around Samuel Street, AthertonPolice on the scene around Samuel Street, Atherton (Image: Harriet Heywood)
A 22-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder, but he has since been released and faces no further action.

Yesterday evening (Sunday, November 19), a 16-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and remains in police custody for questioning.

Leigh Journal: Neighbours said that they were saddened but not surprised around the estateNeighbours said that they were saddened but not surprised around the estate (Image: Harriet Heywood)
Paying tribute to him, Paul’s family said: “Paul was our son, brother, partner and father and he was loved unconditionally. Paul’s death is beyond comprehension, and we cannot believe that he has died in such a violent and tragic way.

“Paul will be remembered for many things not least, his laughter, loyalty, and sense of fun.

“Paul will not be forgotten, and our world is a sadder place without him in it.”

Leigh Journal: Two men have been arrested since the incident, with one released without chargeTwo men have been arrested since the incident, with one released without charge (Image: Newsquest)

Neighbours around Samuel Street reported that while they were saddened by the horrific incident, they were not surprised after previous incidents on the estate.

Following Paul's death, officers are continuing to appeal to members of the public who may have relevant information or footage - including CCTV, mobile, Ring doorbell or dashcam - to make a report to police. 

In a previous statement, Detective Chief Inspector Neil Higginson said: "The thoughts of the entire investigation team remain with the victim’s family at this time. We are committed to getting answers for them and establishing what occurred.

“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. You can make a report 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.

Paul's family have also asked for privacy whilst they grieve for their loss.