A man in his 30s is being quizzed by detectives after a suspected altercation on Saturday morning (Picture: MEN Media)

A murder investigation is under way after a man was fatally stabbed outside an Indian restaurant.

Police are quizzing a suspect after an incident in Oldham town centre in the early hours of this morning.

A man in his 40s was found at 4.20am with knife wounds and died on his way to hospital.

The deceased has not been publicly identified but specially trained officers are working with his family.

Officers detained a man in his 30s and are continuing to question him in custody on suspicion of murder.

Initial enquiries suggest the stabbing followed an altercation close to the Light of Bengal restaurant.

Police said an ‘extensive and thorough’ investigation is under way with a large cordon remaining in place on Union Street while officers carry out lines of inquiry at the scene.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact police.

A police spokesperson called the incident ‘shocking’ and a major probe is under way (Picture: MEN Media)

Detective superintendent Simon Hurst said ‘a dedicated team of detectives’ is ‘working at pace’ and ‘we’re doing all we can to support the man’s family at this awful time’.

He continued: ‘We’ve already spoken to a large number of witnesses who were in the town overnight, and we’re keen to ensure that we speak to everyone possible who may have seen something of significance in the moments before and after this devastating incident.

‘This is understandably shocking news for the public to wake up to today and that is why we are conducting a wide-range of extensive and complex enquiries – including at the large scene in the town centre – to ensure we bring the man responsible to justice.’

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