The family of a dad who was allegedly stabbed to death have said he was "loved unconditionally" in a heartbreaking tribute.

Emergency services were called to a flat on Samuel Street in Manchester after receiving reports of an unconscious man at 6pm on Friday, November 17. Officers attended and a man was found dead within.

Greater Manchester Police have named him as Paul Marsh. Detectives believe he was stabbed and have launched a murder investigation.

Paying tribute to him, his 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.

"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."

Police on Samuel Street after the incident
Police on Samuel Street after the incident

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 confirmed today that a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday evening.

He remains in custody for questioning by detectives. A cordon was put in place as police carried out investigations on Samuel Street on Friday. Investigations focused on just one flat in the complex.

Residents said police arrived just after 6pm and the man's body was taken away in a private ambulance just before midnight ahead of a post-mortem examination. Detectives are continuing to urge anyone with CCTV, mobile phone, Ring doorbell or dashcam footage to come forward.

Police at a flat as investigations continued
Police at a flat as investigations continued

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."

DCI Higginson added: "You can make a report by calling 101, quoting 2727 of 17/11/2023. Alternatively, you can make a report anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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