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Four more arrests after father-to-be stabbed to death in Oldham

Charlie Elms.

Four more people have been arrested by detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of a father-to-be in the Limeside area of Oldham last month.

Four warrants were carried out in Oldham and a fifth was executed in Newton Heath with support from GMP's Force Critical Wanted Unit on Wednesday morning (9 June). 

A 32-year-old man, a 24-year-old woman, and a 17-year-old boy are being held on suspicion of assisting an offender. The boy has also been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

A 16-year-old is also being questioned on suspicion of violent disorder.

The arrests come on the same day a fifth man was charged by the force's Major Incident Team in connection with the death of 25-year-old Charlie Elms. 

Melvin James Whelan, 38, of Greenacres Road, Oldham, has been charged with one count of violent disorder and appeared at Manchester Magistrates' Court earlier on Wednesday. 

He has been remanded in custody and will next appear at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday 14 July 2022.

Police were called shortly after 5.05pm on Wednesday 26 May to a report of a disturbance involving a group of men causing damage to a property on Fifth Avenue. 

Enquiries have since established a blue Vauxhall Corsa pulled onto the avenue and a group of around five men - armed with knives and machetes - got out of the car before damaging a property. 

The gang subsequently fled, during which Charlie was stabbed and pronounced dead at the scene. 

Charlie's girlfriend, who hasn't been named, paid tribute - in a statement released by police - to a "caring and loving person" who was "thrilled" to become a dad for the first time to his unborn son, Archie Charlie Elms. 

Anyone with information can submit it via the Major Incident Public Portal at mipp.police.uk/operation/06GMP21Q13-PO1.

Details can also be passed to police online, if able, via www.gmp.police.uk, or 0161 856 9175 quoting incident 2226 of 26/05/2021. Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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