An investigation has been launched following a suspected murder in Farnworth.

Police have confirmed a man has died after an assault near the Bradford Arms, in Buckley Lane at about 6.25pm this evening.

Officers have set up a cordon at the scene and are treating the incident as murder. 

The scene is being preserved for forensic work to be carried out.

A man has been arrested in connection with the suspected murder and no one else is thought to be involved.

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However, police have stressed the investigation is still at a very early stage.

An eyewitness has reported seeing three ambulances and three police cars at the scene.