Detectives investigating the death of a Nelson man have made a third arrest.

Police were called shortly before 1pm to an address on Berkeley Close on Monday (November 8) after the report that a man - now named as Michael James Brierley, 48 - had been found dead in a bungalow.

It is believed he had been the victim of a sustained assault and suffered multiple serious chest, leg, arm and head injuries.

Investigations are ongoing to establish his exact cause of death.

Detectives have today arrested a 41-year-old man from Brierfield on suspicion of murder.

A 31-year-old woman from Colne arrested yesterday on suspicion of assisting an offender has now been re-arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

A 45-year-old man from Nelson also arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder remains in custody.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses and are particularly keen to hear from anybody who saw anything suspicious in the Berkeley Close area between Sunday, November 7, and Monday, November 8.

They are also keen to hear from anybody who saw or has CCTV or dashcam footage of Mr Brierley around the same period.

Det Ch Insp Allen Davies, from Lancashire’s Force Major Investigation Team (FMIT), said: “The victim in this case, Mr Brierley, has suffered some horrific injuries and we have a dedicated team of officers working tirelessly to identify those responsible. However, my thoughts do remain with Mr Brierley’s friends and loved ones at this extremely difficult time.

“This is a fast-moving investigation and although we have now made three arrests we are still appealing for anyone with information, CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage which could assist our investigation to get in contact with us.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anybody who saw Mr Brierley in the days leading up to his death or anyone who specifically saw individuals entering or leaving 10 Berkeley Close.”

Information can be reported by calling 101 quoting incident reference 623 of November 8. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.