A third man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an off-duty police officer died following an assault in Greater Manchester. The man, aged 20, handed himself into a police station on Sunday night.
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. He was taken to Stepping Hill Hospital with a head injury and died later.
Two men, aged 20 and 21, from Stockport, were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of his murder and remain in custody for questioning.
Ch Supt Chris Sykes said PC Francis joined Greater Manchester Police force in 2007 and was serving at West Didsbury Police Station.
He added: “Gareth was a dedicated police officer with six years’ experience and he will be greatly missed by his colleagues.
“However, the loss will be even greater for Gareth’s family and I would like to reassure them that we have a team of detectives working round-the-clock now to establish exactly what happened this morning.
“Gareth’s colleagues on the South Manchester Division have been dealt a terrible blow by today’s news and and welfare is being provided to any members of staff affected by this tragedy.”
His family paid tribute to “a gorgeous son” who brought “love and laughter” to their lives, the force added.
A post-mortem examination will take place later to establish the cause of death.