Off-duty Greater Manchester police officer murdered
Chief Superintendent Chris Sykes from Greater Manchester Police said an off-duty police officer who died after being attacked was a "respected and dedicated officer".
PC Gareth Francis, 28, was walking home from a night out with friends on Castle Street, Edgeley, Stockport, at 01:20 GMT, when he was attacked, police said.
Two men have been been arrested on suspicion of his murder and remain in custody for questioning.
Police have appealed for witnesses.