Detectives charge 45-year-old Nelson man with murder

Detectives investigating the death of a man in Nelson have charged a man with murder.

Police were called to a bungalow in Berkeley Close on Monday after a man, later identified as 48-year-old Michael James Brierley, was found dead inside the home.

Detectives believed he had been the victim of a sustained assault after finding him with multiple serious, chest, leg, arm and head injuries.

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Lancashire Police said "work is ongoing to establish his exact cause of death", but the force has arrested and charged a 45-year-old man with his murder.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man found dead inside this bungalow in Berkeley Close, Nelson.

A 45-year-old man, Naeem Mustafa, has been charged with the murder of Michael James Brierley, 48, in Nelson

The suspect - Naeem Mustafa, of St Paul’s Road, Nelson - was charged yesterday evening and is due to appear at Burnley Magistrates’ Court today.

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He has also been charged with Section 20 wounding (grievous bodily harm) in connection to a separate female victim.

A second suspect, 33-year-old Jodie Clough, of Brown Street West, Colne has also been charged with assisting an offender and will also appear at court today.

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Lancashire Police said a 41-year-old man from Brierfield, who was also arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses and are particularly keen to hear from anybody who saw anyone entering or leaving 10 Berkeley Close between Sunday, November 7th, and Monday, November 8th.

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They also want to hear from anybody with information on Mr Brierley’s movements in the days leading up to his death.

Det. Chief Insp. Allen Davies, from Lancashire’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: "We are continuing to investigate the circumstances that led to Mr Brierley’s death and I would appeal for anybody with information which could assist our investigation to get in contact with the police.

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"Although we have secured charges, our enquiries remain very much ongoing.

"Mr Brierley’s family have been informed of the latest developments and they are continuing to be supported by specially trained officers. My thoughts remain with them at this extremely difficult time."

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Information can be reported by calling 101 quoting incident reference 623 of November 8.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be reached in confidence on 0800 555111 or online at

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