Updated: Friday, 29th May 2020 @ 6:20am

Three murder suspects bailed over death of off-duty Manchester policeman killed by single punch

Three murder suspects bailed over death of off-duty Manchester policeman killed by single punch

By Dean Wilkins

All three men arrested on suspicion of murdering off-duty Manchester police officer Gareth Francis have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for the public’s help over the death of the 28-year-old, who was killed by a single punch in a street brawl near to the Sir Robert Peel pub, Castle Street, Edgeley, at around 1.20am on Sunday.

Emergency services rushed PC Francis to Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, where he tragically died a short time later from a serious head injury.

Two men, aged 20 and 21, have been bailed until March 7 and March 5, while a third man who handed himself into police was bailed until Monday.

Detective Chief Inspector Denise Worth, from the Major Incident Team, said: "Although arrests have been made we are still keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

“We believe there may have been a number of people in or around the area at the time and I would urge them to come forward and speak to us.

"You may not think the information you have is relevant but if you were inside or outside the pub in the early hours of Sunday, please get in touch. The details you supply will be treated with the strictest of confidence."

Anyone with information is asked to call GMP's Major Incident Team on 0161 856 9283 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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