Arrests after 'unexplained' death of man in Burnley

Lancashire Police Photo: Press Association

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following the death of a man in Burnley they are describing as 'unexplained'.

An investigation was launched in Burnley after the body of a man was found at an address on Reed Street last night, Wednesday October 31.

At 11.20pm, when police arrived at the address, they found a man unconscious, having suffered a head injury. Despite the efforts of police and paramedics he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lancashire Police say his death is currently being treated as unexplained and five people - two women aged 20 and 49 and three men aged 42, 45 and 48 - all from Burnley - have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in police custody.

Det Supt Ian Critchley said: “We have launched an investigation following the discovery of a man’s body at an address in Burnley and I would urge anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious to contact us.

“A post mortem examination will take place later on today to establish the exact cause of death and we are currently seeking to identify the victim, who we believe to be a local 51 year old man.

“Both detectives and neighbourhood policing officers are in the area and if anyone has information or concerns then I would urge them to speak to one of those officers.”