POLICE are investigating the death of a man in his 30s ­— and have arrested five people on suspicion of manslaughter.

Police and ambulances rushed to a home in Forester Hill Avenue in Great Lever on Tuesday afternoon to reports of a man with injuries. Ambulances were called at 4pm.

The man was treated at the scene for a head injury. He was taken to hospital but later died, shocking residents of the quiet residential street where the man was believed to have lived with his family.

Police launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death and quickly arrested five people on suspicion of manslaughter.

Four men, aged 39, 20, 39 and 35, and a 43-year-old woman were last night being questioned by police.

Detective Inspector Gareth Davies said: “Our thoughts are with the man’s family at this dreadful time.

“The investigation is in its early stage and we are working hard to provide much-needed answers for the man’s loved ones."

Police remained at a semi-detached property in Forester Hill Avenue today. Residents of the Great Lever street were shaken after seeing ambulance and police in their street on Monday night.

A neighbour on the street said the man believed to have died ‘was a nice guy, willing to help anyone’.

Another resident said she often saw the man walking his dog along the street.

She said: “It’s so sad, things like this make me scared to leave home.”

Police are now appealing for anyone who may have witnessed an assault or altercation on nearby Deal Street, close to the junction with Rishton Lane at around 12.30pm on Tuesday.

Deal Street was cordoned off and closely guarded by police today. Crime scene investigators swept the road throughout the morning.

One woman said residents in Deal Street were told by police on Tuesday night that officers were looking ‘into a serious assault’.

Another added: "We had heard that somebody might have died. The first thing me and my missus said is ‘we’ve got to get out of here.’

“When it’s a few streets away it doesn’t hit home, but when it’s outside your house. It becomes real.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4711, quoting incident number 1991 of 07/01/2020.

Reports can also be made anonymously to Crime stoppers to 0800 555 111.