GMP deputy chief offers condolences after Pc's death

Greater Manchester's Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has tweeted:

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My thoughts very much with the family and colleagues of @gmpolice PC Gareth Francis after the shocking news of his death.

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Off-duty officer death probe

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.