Middleton pub death: Family heartache as groom-to-be pushed in front of car

Relatives of a groom-to-be who died after he was pushed in front of a moving car outside a Middleton pub have described their heartache now they ‘have to live without him’.

Arron Wasdell, 28, died yesterday after being hit by the car outside the Carters Arms pub following an altercation at around 12.45am between him and a group of men.

A murder investigation is in progress and detectives are still questioning a 31-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder earlier. Now a second man, 33, is being quizzed by officers.

Tributes to Arron Wasdell, known by the nickname Fudge, are being left by relatives and friends at the scene of the crime, on Boardman Lane, Middleton.

It’s understood that Mr Wasdell was engaged to be married and went to the former Queen Elizabeth School in Middleton.

Shanayde Knox, brother of Fudge’s fiance, said: “No matter what’s gone on, nobody deserves that and now my sister and his family have to live without him.”

He added: “Couldn’t get to sleep last night for ages. Couldn’t stop thinking about Charlene Louise Warner and how she must be feeling.

“The thought of losing your partner that you have been with for years and then just one day that’s taken from you in such a horrible way.

“Wish I was with her to give her a big cuddle things like this make you realise that life is too short and you never know whats round the corner and to keep everyone close to you that you care about. R.I.P fudge gone to soon.”

Detective Superintendent Andy Peach said: “A man has lost his life after what appears to have been an argument which has got out of control.

“I understand the community will be concerned about what has happened but we believe this was an isolated incident.

A post-mortem confirmed that he died from multiple injuries. 

DS Peach said: “We have already made on arrest in connection with the incident and we have a number of lines of inquiry to follow up and we are confident further arrests will follow.

 “This happened in the early hours of a busy Sunday morning so I am confident there will be people out there with information.”

The road where the incident happened was sealed off today and the pub was closed as a sign of respect to Mr Wasdell’s family.

Witnesses with any information are encouraged to call the police on 0161 856 8701 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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