A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died following an assault in a car park at the weekend.

Police are now appealing for witnesses and footage following the attack, which happened in Great Harwood in the early hours of Sunday.

Officers were called to an address in Wordsworth Drive after receiving reports a 28-year-old man had been assaulted in a car park in the Towngate area of the town between 1am and 1.40am on Sunday.

The man suffered both head and back injuries as a result of the assault.

Officers were later called back to Wordsworth Drive at 3.52pm to reports the victim of the assault was unresponsive. 

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead in hospital.

The man’s death is currently being treated as unexplained and a Home Office post mortem examination will take place in due course.

A 29-year-old man from Great Harwood has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at this time.

DI Kate Kennedy, of East CID, said: “First and foremost my thoughts remain with the deceased man’s family at this difficult time.

“We are investigating the circumstances that led to his death and would ask that anybody with information or footage, particularly relating to the assault in Towngate, to contact the police as soon as possible.

“Although we have made an arrest, I want to make it clear that we are very much keeping an open mind at this stage.”

Cllr Noordad Aziz, who represents the Netherton ward on Hyndburn Council said: "Out of respect we are postponing our canvassing sessions in Netherton ward and Overton ward given the number of posts in relation to the passing of a popular young man.

"We have called off our canvassing session for today and tomorrow in Netherton ward and Overton ward."

Anyone with information which could assist the police investigation can call 101, quoting log 1043 of April 24.