A young man has died after being allegedly punched to the ground following a row in the street.

Former Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School student and ama-teur kick boxer Wesley Clutterbuck, 19, from Whitworth, was found with serious head injuries by police and taken to hospital.

Police had been called to Fleece Street in Rochdale at around 3.20am on Saturday.

His life support machine was turned off yesterday afternoon.

A 20-year-old man, previously arrested on suspicion of assault, has been re-arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and is in police custody.

Detective Inspector Andy Aston, said: "Tragically Wesley suffered injuries from which he was not able to recover.

“His death has understandably devastated his family and we have specially trained family liaison officers with them to provide the best support we can.

“This was an isolated incident and at this time we are not looking for anyone else in connection with what happened, but we do need to speak to anyone that was in the area at the time and may have seen what happened.

“If you were in the Fleece Street area in the early hours of Saturday morning please call us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Scores of friends paid tribute to him on social media sites last night.

Connie Briggs said: “Absolutely heartbreaking to hear this news from the other side of the world. Cannot believe I am writing this.”

Lexie Robertshaw said: “Don't think it's sunk in to be honest but absolutely horrible news. R.i.p @wesclutterbuck you'll definitely be missed.”

Chelsea Howarth said: “Can't believe I'm saying this, Rest in Peace @wesclutterbuck. You'll be missed by everyone. Sleep tight angel.”