Crucial CCTV footage released: Stone Roses fan Chris Brahney’s last movements in Manchester captured

By Dean Wilkins

Crucial footage of Chris Brahney’s last movements in Manchester city centre is being released by police as investigations continue into his death.

The 22-year-old was found dead in Manchester Ship Canal last Monday, ten days after going missing following The Stone Roses first gig at Heaton Park.

The post-mortem examination was inconclusive and Greater Manchester Police now believe that Mr Brahney was in an area near to Parsonage Gardens before he died.

Detectives have released a compilation of CCTV footage that follows Mr Brahney from Shudehill to Parsonage, off Blackfriars Street.

Detective Inspector Debbie Oakes said: “One week ago today, we had to deliver the devastating news to Chris’s family that a body had been found, which was that of Chris.

“Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.

“Understandably, they have a number of questions as what exactly happened to Chris and what were the circumstances that led to his tragic death. We are continuing to work hard to try and provide them with some answers.

“I want to make it clear, however, that while we do believe that through CCTV inquiries we have managed to follow the movements of a young man we believe to be Chris, we still cannot say how and why he died.

“Nor do we have any evidence of his death being suspicious.

“We therefore continue to appeal to anyone who may have seen Chris walking, with this shopping bag, in Manchester city centre.”

In the days following Chris’ disappearance, detectives were able to establish that after the concert, during which he lost his mobile phone and became separated from his friends, Chris used the Park and Ride facility at Bowlee Park, Heywood Old Road, towards Middleton.

He could have been at Bowlee Park shortly before midnight.

He may have been seen outside the Maccabi Sports Centre on Bury Old Road at about 12.05am.

Following an overwhelming public response to the appeal led by Christopher’s family and friends, detectives were able to find a young man they believe to be Christopher on CCTV in Manchester city centre.

They now believe that after being seen on Bury Old Road, Christopher somehow made his way into the city centre in the early hours of Saturday June 30.

He firstly picked up shoes that he had bought earlier on June 29 and hid in Rosenfields car park, on Thorniley Brow near to Shudehill Metrolink station.

He was seen on CCTV at this location carrying a Primark shopping bag and police believe that Chris then walked to Parsonage in the city centre via Dantzic Street, Withy Grove, Exchange Square, Deansgate and Blackfriars Street.

He then appears to have walked along a passageway opposite Parsonage Gardens, at the end of which was a balcony overlooking the River Irwell, shortly before 2am.

Chris was white, of slim build, with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a dark blue top, light blue shirt, maroon trousers and green wellington boots. He also had sunglasses on his head.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7652.

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