Greater Manchester Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man in a fight at a sheltered housing block in the Ancoats region of the city. A 62-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death, which happened at some point on Saturday evening (25 June).
Eyewitnesses reported seeing two residents of the Victoria Square gated housing complex drinking together in communal gardens that afternoon, before a fight broke out between them.
Police were called to the scene, where they found the deceased, who was believed to be 58. His injuries were commensurate with "a serious assault".
The North West Ambulance Service has said that they were called to attend the scene at 7:27pm on Saturday, confirming that no one was taken to hospital.
A blue tent has been erected in the gardens, while the area surrounding a flat on a third-floor balcony of the complex has also been closed off, according to the Manchester Evening News, while police forensic experts have been on the scene for most of Sunday. Police are believed to be investigating whether the argument also continued inside the flat.
Detective chief inspector Jamie Daniels of the GMP 's serious crime division said: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this man at this devastating time. We are determined to find out how the man died and the circumstances surrounding his death. We are now appealing for anyone with any information to contact police to help us give the man's family the answers they deserve."
One resident told the MEN: "A lot of drinking goes on in the courtyard and that's the biggest instigator. It is just terrible."
Another said: "There was all fighting in the garden then they went up to a house. I think the fight happened on the third floor."