Off-duty PC Gareth Francis' murder case: Men bailed

PC Gareth Francis
Image caption Gareth Francis was walking home when he was attacked

Two men arrested in connection with the murder of an off-duty police officer from Greater Manchester have been bailed.

Gareth Francis, 28, was walking home from a night out when he was attacked in Castle Street, Edgeley, Stockport, at 01:20 GMT on Sunday.

He was taken to hospital with a serious head injury but died later.

A 20-year-old man has been bailed by police until 5 March and a 21-year-old man has been bailed until 7 March.

Single punch

A third man who handed himself into a police station on Sunday has been bailed until 28 January pending further inquiries.

Det Ch Insp Denise Worth believes people may have witnessed the assault and asked anyone with information to contact them.

"Although arrests have been made we are still keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident," she said.

"We believe there may have been a number of people in or around the area at the time and I would urge them to come forward and speak to us."

A post-mortem examination found Mr Francis died from a head injury following a single punch.

He had joined the force in 2007 as part of a South Manchester Division neighbourhood team.

He then moved to Wythenshawe to work as a response officer.

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