Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that two men have been arrested in connection with the death of a 31-year-old man in the early hours of this morning.
Police launched a murder investigation earlier today after a man died during a 10-man fight outside Totties bar in Altrincham town centre last night.
Two men aged 25 and 22 have this evening been arrested on suspicion of murder, section 18 assault, affray and possession of an offensive weapon.
Detective Inspector Neil Coop said: “We have two men in custody but we are still in the early stages of the murder investigation.
“If anyone has any information about the set of events, which led to a man’s life being cruelly taken away from him and his family, please contact us as soon as possible.
“However big or small the information, it could be vital.”
Officers were called to The Causeway, off Cross Street, at around 2.40am this morning to reports of a group of 10 men fighting close to Totties bar.
Police found a 31-year-old man with serious head injuries. He was taken to hospital but sadly died.
A Home Office post mortem took place today to establish the exact cause of death.
Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Rumney said earlier: “This is such a tragic situation, made even more devastating by the fact it is days before Christmas and what should be a happy time turned into violence.
“My thoughts are with the man’s family and our specially trained officers are supporting them through this difficult time.
“We are appealing for anyone who saw the fighting or has any information to get in touch with us as soon as possible. Someone out there knows who did this, and I want to be able to give the man’s family the answers they deserve.”
The Causeway was cordoned off for the entire day while police and forensic experts carried out their investigations.
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