Manchester

Rochdale nightclub Christmas party stab victim dies

A man who was stabbed at a private party in a Greater Manchester nightclub in the early hours of Christmas Day has died in hospital.

The stabbing happened in Sinclair's Bar in Drake Street, Rochdale, at about 02:40 GMT.

Police and ambulance crews were called following reports of a large disturbance.

Officers named the victim as John Lee Barrett, 31, from Harpurhey, Manchester.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out later.

Ch Supt John O'Hare, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "It is incredibly sad that someone has been killed during a night out and our thoughts are with John's family and friends.

"We are continuing to appeal to those in or around the club to come forward, and are especially keen to speak to those who had been ejected by door staff before police arrived.

"Clearly, they have vital information that will assist our investigation and are key witnesses."

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