Lancashire murder victim named by police as five suspects are arrested for murder

Michael Dale, 46, from Haslingden, was found with a stab wound to his chest on Thursday, May 2. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Michael Dale, 46, from Haslingden, was found with a stab wound to his chest on Thursday, May 2. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man who died following a stabbing in Haslingden has been named by police.

Police were called by the ambulance service at around 1.15am yesterday (Thursday, May 2nd) after a man had been found with injuries inside a property on Charles Lane.

Officers attended and the man, who can now be named as Michael Dale, 46, from Haslingden, was found with a stab wound to his chest.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Five people - two men aged 30, a 35-year-old man, a 38-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman - all from Haslingden, have been arrested suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.

Det Ch Insp Gareth Willis from Lancashire’s Force Major Investigation Team (FMIT) said: “These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with Mr Dale and his family at this sad time.

“We are in the early stages of our investigation and I have a team of detectives piecing together exactly what has happened to Mr Dale and why.

“If you have any information at all about this incident please contact us as soon as possible on 101 quoting log 0062 of May 2nd. Alternatively, you can reach Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.”

A post mortem examination to establish the cause of the man’s death is due to take place.