Rochdale attack: Man dies after being hit by car following assault

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There have been no arrrests: Getty Images
There have been no arrrests: Getty Images

A man has died after he was assaulted and then hit by a car.

Greater Manchester Police said the man, in his 30s, was hit by the car after being attacked and left lying in the road in Rochdale in the early hours of Sunday.

Police were called to the car park off The Esplanade shortly after 3am.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and enquiries are ongoing to identify and inform his next of kin, the force said.

Detectives believe he was attacked following a conversation with three men, who left the scene in the direction of Rochdale Memorial Gardens.

A short time later he was hit by a passing vehicle.

The driver stopped at the scene and no arrests have been made, police said.

Detective Inspector Dan Clegg said: “This was a devastating incident during which a man was killed.

“A post-mortem is yet to take place to establish the cause of death. We are in the process of identifying his next of kin so we can inform them.

“Specialist officers will then provide them with support. Our investigation is in the early stages but we are currently searching for three men.

“We know there were a number of people in the town centre at the time and I ask anyone who has information to contact us as soon as possible.

“We know incidents like this cause concern but, as ever, extensive enquiries are ongoing. Extra officers have been deployed to the area and anyone with concerns can speak with them.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 3400 quoting 563 of 20/09/20 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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