Tributes have been paid to a father-of-one who died after being stabbed during a fight outside a flat.
Anthony Kershaw, 25, was killed after a row with a householder who apparently called police because of nuisance behaviour outside his ground-floor flat on a council estate in Great Howarth, Rochdale.
The householder, a 52-year-old man, reported someone had urinated against his door. He was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent by police following the attack on Mr Kershaw.
Police were first alerted just after midnight on Tuesday and paramedics took Mr Kershaw to hospital but he died at 10.50am.
Friends paid tribute to Mr Kershaw on Facebook, describing him as a “top bloke” and a “genuine chap”. A post by Natalie Brierley, the mother of his 14-month-old son Stevie, read: “i love u so much baby today and foreva today me n our baby got our guardian angel”.
Residents described a fight outside the flat when Mr Kershaw was stabbed and said the people with with him then tried to get into the flat, smashing the windows and hammering at the door until police arrived.
Police saidthree men, aged 21, 20 and 23, were arrested on suspicion of burglary. All four arrested men were being held in police custody for questioning.
“They were all intoxicated with beer. I went down and no one had called the ambulance so I told them they needed to get an ambulance quick.
“They were full of beer. They started smashing up the flat, throwing a dumb-bell through the bedroom window, trying to get the man inside. One of the lads was trying to set fire to the curtains hanging out of the smashed window. The police turned up and had to arrest them.
“I saw the stabbed lad, he was moving his legs but his eyes were closed. All his stomach was hanging out. It was a big wound up his stomach. It was like he had sliced him up.”