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Man arrested following death of off-duty police officer

A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of off-duty officer PC Gareth Francis.

Police were called to a report of an assault near to the Sir Robert Peel pub on Castle Street in Edgeley, on January 20th 2013

PC Gareth Francis.

Emergency services attended the scene within minutes and discovered 28-year-old Gareth with a serious head injury.

Paramedics gave him treatment at the scene and he was taken by ambulance to Stepping Hill Hospital. He sadly died a short time later.

A post mortem examination concluded Gareth died from a head injury following a single punch.

A 21-year-old man and 20-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of murder and bailed until 5 March and 7 March 2013 respectively.

The 20-year-old man has now been rearrested, this time on suspicion of manslaughter, and remains in police custody for questioning.

Three men bailed after death of off-duty PC in Edgeley

PC Gareth Francis Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Three men arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of off-duty officer PC Gareth Francis have been bailed.

Police were called to a report of an assault on January 20th near to the Sir Robert Peel pub on Castle Street, Edgeley.

Emergency services attended the scene within minutes and discovered 28-year-old Gareth with a serious head injury.He was taken by ambulance to Stepping Hill Hospital but died a short time later.

A post mortem examination concluded Gareth died from a head injury following a single punch.

A 21-year-old man and 20-year-old man have been bailed until 5 March and 7 March 2013.

A third man who handed himself into police was bailed until 28 January 2013.

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