A MAN in his 20s was stabbed to death in a Glodwick street in the middle of the afternoon.

An investigation has been launched by police after they found the man unconscious and not breathing in a Waterloo Street.

Witnesses described seeing three young men with a 'machete-type knife' running away from Waterloo Street.

The man, who is understood to be in his 20s, was found near to Charters Jewellers with multiple stab wounds.

He was rushed to the Royal Oldham Hospital by ambulance but was pronounced dead, leaving the community in shock.

GMP said the man's family are being supported by specially-trained officers.

No arrests have been made.

Detective Superintendent Nicky Porter said: “My heart goes out to the man’s family who have sadly had to be informed that their loved one has died.

“As the investigation develops, we hope to be able to provide further details but as this only happened recently, we’re yet to gain a full picture of what exactly has happened and ask the public to come forward with any information."

Several officers remained in the area last night (March 9) to speak with residents following the serious incident at 3.20pm.

A passer-by, Jon Hibbert, said: "I was driving down Emmott Way. We saw three young men, possibly in their early 20s running across the road from Waterloo Street - one with a machete-type knife and the other two with a smaller knife each.

"We then called the police."

The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) was called to Churchill Street shortly after 3.15pm.

A spokeswoman for the NWAS said: "A male patient has been taken to the Royal Oldham Hospital.

"We were called at 3.19pm. We got there at 3.22pm.

"There were two road ambulances sent as well as an advance paramedic and a further rapid response vehicle."

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting reference number 1293 of March 9, 2018. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.