Francis Farrell murder: Two women 'could hold vital information'

CCTV released by Greater Manchester Police
Image caption Police said the women are not involved in Francis Farrell's death

Police are appealing to trace two women who might have vital information about the murder of a man who was found on a street in Greater Manchester.

Francis Farrell, 56, was found with head injuries in Frog Lane, Wigan, at about 4:10 BST on 17 June. He died in hospital three days later.

CCTV images of two women seen leaving the Hub nightclub in Wigan at 05:15 BST that morning have been released.

Police do not believe the women are involved in Mr Farrell's death.

However, they do think they may have information which may help with the investigation.

One of the women has long brown hair and was wearing a long sleeveless top over black leggings with black shoes. She was also carrying a black jacket.

Image caption Francis Farrell was found with head injuries in Frog Lane, Wigan, on 17 June

The second woman has red hair which was tied up. She was wearing a light-coloured long vest top with a motif on the front and black trousers or leggings. She was also wearing light-coloured high heeled shoes.

Det Ch Insp Philip Reade said: "We are appealing for the two women who can be seen in the CCTV images to come forward and speak to us.

"I want to stress that we do not believe these women are involved in Francis' death in any way, but they may have information that may help us with our investigation.

"If you recognise yourself in the photo, or if you know who either of these women are, please call police directly."

Mr Farrell was seen leaving the Wiend Bar in the town centre at about 03:50 BST and was then captured on CCTV walking down Frog Lane a few minutes later.

A post-mortem examination showed he died from a head injury.

David Horner, 23, from Scholes in Wigan, was originally charged with manslaughter but was later charged with murder after new evidence came to light.

He is due to face trial at Liverpool Crown Court on 10 December.

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