THE family of a man who died after an incident in Leigh has described him as having a 'heart of gold'.

Greater Manchester Police said Patrick McCooey,  72, was found with serious injuries on Royal Drive in Leigh on Friday, June 28.

He died in hospital on Wednesday (July 3).

His family has now paid tribute to him, saying: "This incident has resulted in Patrick's untimely death and this has left our family totally devastated and heartbroken.

“Patrick was a very caring person who had a smile for all and a heart of gold. There are the memories we will have to hold.

"If you were in the area and seen or heard anything, no matter how small or trivial, Patricks McCooey’s sisters, brother, nieces and nephews would appreciate if you contact Greater Manchester Police to assist them with their ongoing enquiries."

An 18-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder has since been released on bail. Enquiries are still ongoing.

The statement from Greater Manchester Police continued: "Due to concerns around the initial response to the police report, we have made a referral to the Independent Office of Police Conduct.

"Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 8743 quoting log 1379 of 02/07/24.

"If you would prefer to remain anonymous, information can also be shared via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."