Greater Manchester Police have launched a murder inquiry into the death off-duty officer Pc Gareth Francis, who died after being assaulted in Edgeley, Stockport. Three men have been arrested on suspicion of his murder.
The family of off-duty police officer Pc Gareth Francis, who was killed after being attacked on a night out have paid tribute to "a gorgeous son" who brought "love and laughter" to their lives, Greater Manchester Police said.
The 28-year-old was assaulted in Edgeley, Greater Manchester, in the early hours of this morning.
A murder inquiry has been launched and two men aged 20 and 21, have been arrested on suspicion of his murder.
First and foremost I would like to pass on my condolences to both Gareth's family and his colleagues in South Manchester.
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.
What we do know is that Gareth was dropped off by taxi in Edgeley after he and his friends enjoyed a night out in Manchester city centre.
At some point in the next few minutes he was assaulted in the Castle Street area.
We now have high visibility patrols in Edgeley town centre and I would urge anyone with concerns to approach officers there.
– Stockport Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Chris Sykes