A MURDER probe has been launched after a man was found unconscious at a house in Burnley Wood last night.
Five people have been arrested after police were called to the property in Reed Street at 11-20pm.
Officers found the man with a head injury and despite the efforts of both the police and paramedics he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two women aged 20 and 49 and three men aged 42, 45 and 48 are currently being held in police custody on suspicion of murder.
Det. Supt Ian Critchley said: “We have launched an investigation following the discovery of a man’s body at an address in Burnley and I would urge anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious to contact us.
“A post-mortem examination will take place later on today to establish the exact cause of death and we are currently seeking to identify the victim, who we believe to be a local 51 year old man.
“Both detectives and neighbourhood policing officers are in the area and if anyone has information or concerns then I would urge them to speak to one of those officers.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”