Police want to trace brothers over Salford stabbing

Owen Carl Roche (l) and Direece Roche
Image caption People are advised not to approach Owen Carl Roche and Direece Roche

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of a care worker in Salford on New Year's Day have said they want to trace two brothers.

Adam Delroy Lewis Steele, 23, was stabbed at the junction of Lancaster Road and Orient Road at about 0525 GMT.

Police want to speak to Owen Carl Roche, 21, and Direece Roche, 16, both from the Moss Side area.

Owen is also wanted after escaping from Minshull Street Crown Court on 16 December in a different case.

He was facing an assault charge but smashed his way through a security screen on a dock inside the court room.

New Year's party

The brothers have links to Ashton, Stockport and Salford, a police spokeswoman said.

Mr Steele, from Irlam O'Th' Heights, had been at a New Year's Eve house party on the night he died.

Image caption Adam Steele was a care worker for the elderly

As he left, he started a conversation with a group of people. It turned into a confrontation and ended with Mr Steele being stabbed.

His family described him as a "gentle, fun-loving and caring young man".

Two men, 18 and 26, were arrested on suspicion of murder.

Both have been released on police bail, pending further inquiries.

Det Insp Steve Keeley, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "We have been conducting an extensive and thorough investigation following Adam's murder and are keen to speak to Owen and Direece about what happened that night.

"Owen is also wanted for an unrelated matter and every effort has been made both before Adam's murder and since to locate him.

"If anyone knows where either brother is I would urge them to contact the police."

Police have advised anyone who sees the brothers not to approach them but to contact police immediately.

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