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Ten held over New Year's Eve party death in Leyland

Ten people are being questioned on suspicion of murder after a man was found fatally wounded in a street.

Kevin Rogers, 23, was found lying in the road outside a property in Edgehill Crescent, Leyland, where a New Year's Eve party was taking place.

He died from a single stab wound to the back, a post-mortem examination showed.

Seven men and three women were arrested on suspicion of murder and two other men were arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage.

It is understood Mr Rogers, who lived locally, had been a guest at the party.

Extra patrols

He was found at about 0530 GMT on New Year's Day and died at the scene.

During the day, officers searched bins at the semi-detached property which had a smashed front window.

The area has been sealed off to allow for forensic investigations and an incident room set up at Chorley police station.

Neighbourhood policing teams are working with the local community and extra patrols have been stepped up in the area.

Det Supt Andy Webster said up to 50 officers were working on the case and Mr Rogers' family were being comforted by specially-trained police staff.

"I want the community to know we are doing everything we can, and would still urge anyone who might know anything to come forward," he said.

He said people who had been returning from New Year's Eve celebrations in the area may be able to help with the investigation.



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