Greater Manchester Police have charged a man with the murder of University of Salford student William Lound. Lee Arnold, 36, of no fixed abode, is due to appear in Manchester Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (10 February).

He is accused of stabbing 30-year-old Lound to death at a flat at the university halls of residence on Cannon Street, Salford, Greater Manchester. A man then reported the crime to a police community support officer at around 1pm on Monday before officers attended the flat and discovered the body of Lound, who appeared to have suffered a number of stab wounds. Students later reported that a lift at the block flats was cordoned off and that some of them were told to leave the building while officers conducted their investigation.

Superintendent Mark Kenny, based at Swinton, said: "This is a tragic incident in which a young man has lost his life and we are doing everything we can to found out exactly what happened. We have now launched a murder investigation and a team of detectives will be speaking to witnesses over the coming hours and days. As part of that I want to appeal to anyone who might have information that could help us – please come forward and speak to my officers.

"I can't speculate on the motive for this crime, but at this early stage there is nothing to suggest there is a threat to the wider student population. We already have a strong working relationship with the university and we will be working closely with them in the coming days."

An investigation has been launched to establish the circumstances leading to the man's death. Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.