Police were called just before 2pm yesterday (August 28) to St James Street in the town following reports of a concern for welfare.
Emergency services have attended and found a 79-year-old man with serious head injuries. He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem examination will be carried out in due course.
Following a number of enquiries, two men – aged 54 and 58 and both from Accrington – have this afternoon (August 29) been arrested on suspicion of murder. They remain in custody at this time.
The victim’s family are aware of the development and are being supported by officers.
We are appealing for witnesses and asking anybody who saw anybody behaving suspiciously in the area on the morning or afternoon of August 28 to get in contact with the police.
DCI Pauline Stables, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “First and foremost my thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends at this extremely distressing time.
“A murder investigation is underway and I would ask any witnesses to please get in touch. I would also ask people to check their CCTV or dashcam footage to see if they have captured anything which could assist our enquiries.
“I appreciate this incident will cause residents a great deal of concern and we have increased reassurance patrols in the area. There are also officers carrying out door to door enquiries. If you see them in the area feel free to say hello and pass on any information you may have.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 0785 of August 28, 2021, or report it online via https://doitonline.lancashire.police.uk/.