TWO people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a father-of-one was found dead in his home.

A 27-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman from Farnworth are now in custody for questioning.

Police were called to a house in Kildare Street at 4.30pm on Wednesday after a report that a man's body had been found.

Post mortem tests showed that 40-year-old Marc Jepson died from "asphyxiation".

Detectives launched a murder investigation and are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

Det Supt Robert Tonge, from the police's major incident team, said: "The fact we have made these arrests does not mean the investigation has come to a close.

"The inquiry will continue for some time and we are continuing to appeal for witnesses."

Call police with information on 0161 856 5599 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.