Victim of 'horrific' murder named as locals say nearby violence is 'scary'

Victim of 'horrific' murder named as locals say nearby violence is 'scary'

A man whose "horrific" death has sparked a murder probe has been named by police.

Thomas Williamson, 30, was found with a "number of serious injuries" in Tyldseley, Greater Manchester in the early hours of Saturday.

Emergency services raced to the scene at around 1:30am but, tragically, the victim could not be saved, reports the Manchester Evening News.

An investigation has since been launched and detectives are appealing for information which could help with the case.

Greater Manchester Police said it was "working to establish the full circumstances" surrounding the death.

DI Gareth Davies said: "Our thoughts go out to Thomas's family, as they continue to be supported by our specialist officers.

Police are still scouring the scene for clues - and have appealed to witnesses for help.

"They have asked that their privacy please be respected at this distressing time.

"This is an horrific incident, in which Thomas tragically lost his life, and we're following a number of lines of enquiry to determine exactly what happened, and to bring those responsible to justice.

"But we can't do it alone - we're urging anyone who may have heard anything, or has CCTV in the area to please get in touch."

Nearly residents were left shocked after the incident, with some saying the area was usually very quiet.

Susan Fitzmaurice, who lives facing Charleston Court, near to where Mr Williamson was found, says she and her husband were awoken around 2am by officers asking to view the footage from their CCTV camera.

She said her husband has viewed the tape and saw people shortly after 1:30am.

"Someone in a light coloured jacket walked past the van at the end of the street" she said.

"They looked they had stumbled or dropped something.

"Then not long after someone dressed in black with white trainers came past on a bike.

"Then a few minutes after that, the bike went down James Street. We're not sure what relevance that has if any.

"The police have gone through it and logged it all and they've said they'll get back to us if they need more.

"It's bloody scary though really having something like that happen so nearby."

Police are urging people to contact them with information online, through this portal, or call 101 quoting log number 280 of 25/09/2021.