A 16-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a dad was stabbed to death.

Paul Marsh died after police were called to reports he was unconscious at a property on Samuel Street, in Atherton. Despite emergency services rushing to the scene, at around 6pm on Friday, November 17, Mr Marsh died a short time later.

The family of the dad have now released a picture and tribute and said he was "loved unconditionally." Paying tribute to him, Paul’s family said: "Paul was our son, brother, partner and father and he was loved unconditionally. Paul’s death is beyond comprehension, and we cannot believe that he has died in such a violent and tragic way.

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"Paul will be remembered for many things not least, his laughter, loyalty, and sense of fun. Paul will not be forgotten, and our world is a sadder place without him in it."

The MEN has reported that detectives believe he was stabbed. Following the incident, a 22-year-old man was arrested on the scene on suspicion of murder. He was released and faces no further action. Police later confirmed that a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday evening. He remains in custody for questioning by detectives.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Higginson said previously that police patrols have been stepped up. He said: "The thoughts of the entire investigation team remain with the victim's family at this time.

"We are committed to getting answers for them and establishing what occurred. I understand people will be concerned when they hear of news of what has happened, but I would like to reassure you that we have a number of additional resources deployed to identifying the person responsible.

"We are treating this as a murder investigation and it is believed that the man was stabbed. We are carrying out multiple lines of enquiry and are also appealing to anyone with information about this incident to make a report to police."

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