A man has died after being hit by a car following an earlier assault in Rochdale town centre.

The victim was left lying in the street after being attacked following a conversation with three men in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The man, who was in his 30s, was then hit by a passing vehicle. The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene. No arrests have been made.

Officers were called by the ambulance service responding to reports that a man was unconscious in a car park off The Esplanade, near Yates at 3.10am.

An investigation has been launched, a GMP spokeswoman confirmed.

Photos from the scene today show a forensic tent erected and the area covered in police tape.

A large cordon is in place outside Rochdale Town Hall this morning with CSI scoping the scene for clues.

Photos and video footage from the scene showed a large police presence in the area all morning.

A GMP spokesman said: "An investigation is underway following the death of a man in Rochdale.

"At around 3.10am on Sunday 20 September 2020, police were called by the ambulance service responding to reports that a man was unconscious in a car park off The Esplanade, near Yates.

"Officers attended and, despite the best efforts of paramedics, the man in his 30s was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries are ongoing to identify and inform his next of kin.

"Detectives have, so far, established that the victim was assaulted following a conversation with three men. He was left lying in the road. The men left the scene, walking towards Rochdale Memorial Gardens.

A large cordon is in place outside Rochdale Town Hall this morning

"A short time later, the victim was hit by a passing vehicle. The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene.

"No arrests have been made."

Det Insp Dan Clegg, of GMP's Major Incident Team, said: "This was a devastating incident during which a man was killed. A post mortem is yet to take place to establish the cause of death. We are in the process of identifying his next of kin so we can inform them. Specialist officers will then provide them with support.

"Our investigation is in the early stages but we are currently searching for three men. We know there were a number of people in the town centre at the time and I ask anyone who has information to contact us as soon as possible.

"We know incidents like this cause concern but, as ever, extensive enquiries are ongoing. Extra officers have been deployed to the area and anyone with concerns can speak with them."

Transport for Greater Manchester first tweeted about the closure of The Esplanade at around 4am.

The transport body said it was due to an ongoing police incident.

The tweet said: "B6266 Esplande, near Rochdale Town Hall is closed in both directions

"This is due to an ongoing police incident.

"Please avoid this area or take alternative route where possible."

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 3400 quoting 563 of 20/09/20 of the independent charity - Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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