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Police given more time to quiz suspects

Police investigating the death of an off-duty officer have been given more time to question two suspects.

PC Gareth Francis, 28, died on Sunday after being attacked on a night out.

Police were called to Castle Street, Edgeley, at about 1.20am to reports a man had been assaulted.

He was taken to Stepping Hill Hospital where he later died.

A post mortem has found PC Francis died from head injuries from a single punch.

Two men aged 20 and 21 were arrested and are being questioned. A third man was arrested and bailed after handing himself in to a police station.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 9283.

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