Police arrest two suspects after man dies following pub brawl

Cops swooped following the fatal stabbing of Blackley lad Joe O’Brien.

Officers were called to reports of a brawl outside the Royal Oak Hotel on Oldham Road in Failsworth at 3am on Sunday.

On arrival they found that three men had been injured – two of the men, including Joe, had stab wounds, police say.

Joe was taken to hospital but died from injuries.

Cops have called on the public to come forward with any further information about the incident.

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.”

“Joe was a much loved son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew and friend to many”

Roz McDonald

Neighbours on the estate in Blackley, Manchester, where Joe lived with his mum and siblings said he was a popular and well-known young man.

Friends and family have also paid tribute to the 24-year-old Barristers’ clerk, who was described as a ‘decent young man’.

In a statement, Mr O’Brien’s mother, Roz McDonald said: “Joe was 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.

“His friends, his family and Manchester United were his life.

“Joe worked as a barristers’ clerk at Deans Court Chambers in Manchester and he loved this job.

“The majority of Joe’s time was spent either with his friends, or caring for his mother, who he always put first.”

Writing on Facebook, friend Katie Monks said: “RIP Joe O’Brien, such an intelligent, genuinely decent young man.

“Heartbreaking I can’t believe it. His poor family.”

Diane Harrison added: “Such a sad waste of a young life. My heart goes out to his family and friends. R.i.p Joe.”

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