Lancashire Police say a murder investigation is underway in St Annes after a 47 year old man died after being assaulted outside a takeaway last night.
The incident took place around 11pm on Park Road when the victim was walking home with a group of friends and family.
It is believed he had become involved in an argument with a man outside Zeko’s takeaway during which he has been assaulted.
An ambulance was called but despite efforts to revive him he was pronounced dead on arrival at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
A post mortem examination is expected to be carried out later today to establish a cause of death. Formal identification is also expected to take place this afternoon.
Detective Superintendent Andy Murphy from the Force Major Investigation Team said: “This is a tragic incident and an investigation is underway to establish the circumstances of exactly what happened. Specially trained family liaison officers are supporting the victim’s family.
“I’d reassure people that this is an isolated incident and that extra officers are out patrolling the area.
“I’d also urge anybody who witnessed this incident or with any information that could assist our investigation to come forward and contact Lancashire Police on 101.”
A 32 year old man from St Annes has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a 45 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault. Both are currently in police custody being questioned by detectives.
Park Road was sealed off until 11am today to allow crime scene investigators to examine the scene.
A 40-year-old man has been arrested after apparently threatening a woman with a knife in St Annes.
Lancashire Police were called to Derbe Road at about 4.15pm. When they got there they saw a man brandishing a weapon at a window.
An armed response unit and trained negotiator were dispatched.
After a two-hour stand-off the man left the scene and was arrested.
Both he and a 35-year-old woman were taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
A number of weapons were found and police say an investigation is underway.
"The incident lasted just over two hours and fortunately reached a safe conclusion following the hard work and patience of specially trained officers and local police patrols.
"There was a lot of police activity in and around the scene and we did have to put a cordon in place. These decisions were based on protecting the public and minimising the risk. I would like to thank people in the area for their cooperation, patience and support.
"Incidents like this are rare but when they do happen the public should be reassured that Lancashire Constabulary has highly trained officers that will deal with the situation."