TWO people arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found dead at a house in Burnley have been released on bail.

A woman, aged 49, and a man, aged 42, both from Burnley, were arrested by detectives along with three others, after the body of Brendan Lally, 51, of Springfield Bank, Burnley was found at the foot of a stairway at a house in Reed Street on Hallowe'en.

At 11.20pm officers attended the address following a report of an unconscious man at the terraced house.

On arrival officers found the man at the bottom of the stairs and despite the efforts of police and paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives said they are still treating his death as ‘unexplained’.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Thursday revealed Mr Lally died from both head and neck injuries.

Five people, including two women, aged 20 and 49, and three men, aged 42, 45 and 48, all from Burnley, were arrested on October 31.

The 20-year-old woman and men aged 45 and 48 have were later released without charge.

Yesterday, the remaining 49-year-old woman and 42-year-old man, both from the Burnley area, were released on polcie bail until November 8, so officers can carry out further inquiries.

A Lancacshire police spokesman said: “Our investigation into Mr Lally’s death is continuing.

“I would urge anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious to come forward and contact us.”

Police can be contacted on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.