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Two arrested for murder as family of man stabbed to death pay tribute

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Two more people have been arrested in connection with a murder investigation in north Manchester.

Police were called to reports of a stabbing on Whitstable Road in Moston just before 5pm on Thursday (February 18).

A 39-year-old man was taken to hospital in a critical condition with stab wounds to his arm and chest.

Medics fought to save him but sadly he died later that day. He has since been named as Alan Murphy.

Three men, aged 20, 21 and 41 were initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

They have been questioned and since released with no further action.

Police and forensic officers carry out investigations near to Whitstable Road in Moston

The 21-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of affray and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Officers have since arrested a 26-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman on suspicion of murder. They remain in custody for questioning.

Alan’s family have since paid tribute to him, describing him as having left a “lasting impression on everyone”.

In a moving statement, they said: “‘Alan had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone.

Alan Murphy

“He has left a lasting impression on everyone’s hearts who has met him.

“Alan was a loving son, brother, and father to his young daughter. He is gone but will never be forgotten.”

Detective chief inspector Stuart Wilkinson, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “As always, our thoughts remain with the man’s family, who are being supported by our specialist officers at this incredibly difficult time.

“Our team of detectives are working tirelessly to establish the exact circumstances of this abhorrent crime, and to identify who is responsible. As part of those enquiries, we have made two further arrests which I hope demonstrates our commitment to seeking justice for Alan, and ensuring those responsible are brought to justice.

“I would like to be clear that our investigation remains very much ongoing and I would ask anyone with information to come forwards. No matter how minor you may think it is, it could prove invaluable to our investigation.”

The investigation in to Alan’s murder is ongoing.

Anyone with information should call 0161 856 9908 quoting incident 331 of 18/02/2021. Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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