Pub fight stabbing: tributes paid to young man killed on Easter Sunday

Joe O'Brien was 24. Credit: GMP

Tributes have been paid to a young man who died after being stabbed during a fight outside a pub in Greater Manchester.

Police were called to the Royal Oak Hotel pub in Failsworth in the early hours of Easter Sunday.

They found 24 year old Joe O'Brien with serious stab wounds. He died in hospital.

Joe's mother has paid tribute to him as a much loved son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew and friend to many.

He was hard working and had a great sense of humour. He was kind and generous, both with his time and with his money.

Roz McDonald, mother

Joe was working as a barrister's clerk at Deans Court Chambers in Manchester - spending his free time with friends and caring for his mother, "who he always put first.”

Joe died in hospital after a fight on Oldham Road, Failsworth. Credit: MEN Media

A 22-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

They remain in custody for questioning.

Police are appealing for information. Credit: ITV News

Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Chatterton from GMP’s Major Incident Team said: “We are deeply saddened by Joe’s death and we are determined to find answers for his family, who are being cared for by specialist officers at this dreadful time.

“While we have made arrests, it is absolutely essential that anyone with information comes forward to the police as soon as possible."

Were you in the Failsworth area early on Sunday morning? Did you witness the altercation or have any information that can assist us? If so, please contact officers immediately. Even the smallest piece of information can assist our lines of enquiry and help solve cases such as these.

Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Chatterton