A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a man who was thought to have been "assaulted in the street".

Police were called to an address on Royal Drive in Leigh on Friday, June 28 after reports an elderly man had been found with serious injuries.

Officers arrived and their initial assessment was that the man’s injuries were not believed to be suspicious.

He was taken to hospital for further treatment, but over the last few days his condition deteriorated and he died yesterday morning, Wednesday.

The man's next of kin have been informed and specially trained officers are now supporting them.

Subsequent enquiries into his injuries prompted Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to launch a murder investigation, and specialist detectives from the force's major incident team have arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

He remains in police custody for questioning.

Due to concerns around the initial response to the report on Friday, June 28, GMP's Professional Standards Directorate is conducting further enquiries into the response.

Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Naismith, from GMP's Major Incident Team, said: “Firstly my thoughts, and the thoughts of the investigation team, are with our victim’s family at this devastating time.

“There are a number of enquiries being conducted to establish the events that occurred in the lead up to this tragic incident, but the arrest this evening is an important step in our investigation and providing justice for our victim’s family and friends.

“I’m sure that news of this nature will also be concerning for our communities. We have deployed additional officers to the area whilst we conduct further enquiries, if you have any questions, or something you would like to share with us, please do not hesitate to speak to them.

“This incident happened in a residential area, so we are appealing to anyone who may live nearby, or who was in the area on Friday, June 28 between 10.30pm to 11.30pm, to please get in touch with us directly.

"We believe the man was assaulted in the street, and that someone out there knows more about this incident.

“Any information you may have, no matter how small it may seem, might be crucial to our investigation and help a grieving family get the answers they deserve.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 8743 quoting log 1,379 of 02/07/24.

If you would prefer to remain anonymous, information can also be shared via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.