Residents have voiced their concern after police launched a murder probe in Bolton.

Officers were called to Barton Walk in New Bury on Tuesday evening to a concern for welfare. Upon arriving, they found a 37-year-old man dead. 

Police arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

He has since been released on bail.  

One resident said: “It is very scary, I have been here just short of eight years and have been happy, but now I don’t feel safe. 

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“It has not been that rough since I’ve moved here until this, although other people who have lived here longer say it was previously."

Another resident said: "I'm shocked, you just don't expect it do you? 

"It is quiet, you don't know anyone, you don't see anyone. 

"But you do still see people milling around with hoods up and cars parked that you don't recognise." 

One other resident added: “It is a little bit scary as it’s close to home.” 

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A police spokesperson said: "At around 6pm on Tuesday, March 5, officers responded to a report of a concern for welfare at a property in Barton Walk, Bolton. 

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"Upon arrival, a man aged 37 was sadly found deceased. A 34-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder. He has since been released on bail.

"A scene remains in place while officers continue with their enquiries. 

"Due to previous police contact with the victim, the incident is currently being assessed by GMP’s Professional Standards Directorate." 

Detective Inspector Stuart Woodhead, from Greater Manchester Police’s Bolton district, said: “I want to firstly reassure the community that we believe this to be an isolated incident and that there is no wider threat to the community.

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"We're keeping an open mind as we approach the investigation but are exploring all lines of enquiry.

“Our officers remain at the scene to carry out their work while the investigation progresses. Extra officers will also be in the area to provide reassurance - they will be able to discuss any concerns you may have.

“If you have any information about this incident, please do contact us. You can do this by calling 101 or visiting, quoting log number 2634 of 05/03/24. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”