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Tributes paid to off-duty policeman killed in Stockport

PC Gareth Francis Photo: Greater Manchester Police

An off-duty policeman who died after he was attacked on his way home from a night out with friends was a "gorgeous son" who brought "love and laughter" to his family's lives.

A murder investigation is under way after PC Gareth Francis was assaulted in Edgeley, Stockport, yesterday.

The family of an off-duty police constable who died after he was attacked on his way home from a night out have released the following statement:

Our gorgeous son brought love and laughter into not only our lives, but he was an amazing brother, boyfriend, grandson and nephew.

"We cannot imagine how we can face each day knowing that he is gone from our lives."

– FAMILY STATEMENT RELEASED THROUGH GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE

Three men were being questioned about the murder today.

Two men aged 20 and 21, both from the Stockport area, were arrested yesterday.

A third man, aged 20, handed himself into a police station last night and was arrested on suspicion of murder.

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