Tributes have been paid to a “son, brother, partner and father” at the centre of an ongoing murder investigation.

Paul Marsh, 49, died after police were called to an incident on Samuel Street, Atherton, on Friday.

A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder, but he has since been released and faces no further action while a 16-year-old boy was arrested on Sunday evening on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody for questioning.

In a tribute to Mr Marsh, his 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.

The Bolton News: Emergency services were called to Samuel Street, AthertonEmergency services were called to Samuel Street, Atherton (Image: Newsquest)

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

Paramedics had been called to the scene on Samuel Street, but Mr Marsh died despite their best efforts.

Police have confirmed that a 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder but has since been released without charge.

The 16-year-old boy remains in custody.

An investigation is still ongoing and anyone who may know anything about the incident has been urged to come forward.

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.

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"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, witnesses can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.