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Rochdale nightclub party death man 'a devoted father'

John Lee Barrett
Image caption John Lee Barrett died of a stab wound to the back

The family of a man stabbed to death while attending a Christmas party at a Rochdale nightclub have paid tribute to him.

John Lee Barrett, 31, from Harpurhey, Manchester, was stabbed in Sinclair's Bar in Drake Street at about 02:40 GMT on Sunday.

His family said: "John was a loving son, caring brother and devoted father. The entire family miss him incredibly."

Mr Barrett was taken to hospital but died on Tuesday.

The post-mortem concluded he died of a stab wound to the back and that he was hit over the head with a glass or bottle immediately before being stabbed.

Police are appealing for partygoers ejected by the club's security before officers arrived to contact them.

Ch Supt John O'Hare said: "If you were at Sinclair's Bar in the early hours of Christmas Day and we haven't yet spoken to you then please get in touch - your information could be vital.

"We remain especially keen to speak to those who had been ejected by door staff before police arrived."

He added: "Regardless of what you saw and whether or not you think it is relevant, it is extremely important you contact us so we can build as full a picture as possible to establish exactly what happened."

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