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CrimeMurder investigation launched following assault on A34

Murder investigation launched following assault on A34

A murder investigation has been launched following reports of a serious assault on the A34 Kingsway.

An assault on a 30-year-old man took place just before 1.40am today at the junction of Parrs Wood Lane to Queensway.

Despite the best attempts of emergency services at the scene and in hospital, the man died from his injuries a short time later. His family have been notified and are being supported by officers.

Following extensive enquiries, an 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody for questioning.

Altercation

It is believed the victim and suspect had been travelling in separate vehicles along Kingsway leading up to the incident. At a traffic light, an altercation occurred, and the suspect left the scene in their vehicle.

Significant road closures will remain in place on Kingsway in both directions for some time whilst officers continue to conduct enquiries at the scene, which are likely to impact travel journeys for several hours.

Detective inspector Alex Wilkinson from GMP’s Major Incident Team, said; “We understand that an incident of such seriousness like this will cause shock to the local community and further afield, and I want to provide reassurance that an investigation has been launched to understand what has happened fully and identify all those responsible swiftly.

“Whilst the motive for this murder is not clear at this stage, we do believe the incident to be isolated.

“I appreciate the road closures in place are impactful on people’s travel, particularly for those going to and from work or school on this route, but would ask the public for their patience and understanding as the closures are required to allow for extensive enquiries to take place safely.

“You may notice an increased visible presence in the area, and officers are there to listen to any concerns and assist people making travel journeys, particularly those travelling by the Bee Network at the East Didsbury tram stop.

“I’d like to thank the public for their cooperation and assistance so far and our thoughts as a force are with the victim’s family who have been woken up to such tragic news this morning. They are being supported and have asked for privacy whilst they come to terms with what has happened.”

Police appeal for information

Anyone with information, or who believes they may have CCTV or dashcam footage, that could assist the police investigation should call 101 and quoting log 166 of 23/01/2024.

Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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