Two more arrests as police investigate fatal stabbing of dad-to-be

Charlie Elms.

Two men have been arrested and another charged as part of an investigation into the death of 25-year-old dad-to-be Charlie Elms, who was fatally stabbed in the Limeside area.

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. 

Greater Manchester Police confirmed on Sunday evening (30 May) that two men, aged 17 and 19, were arrested on Saturday (29 May) on suspicion of violent disorder and criminal damage. They remain in custody for questioning. 

A third man, aged 25, who presented himself at a police station on Friday (28 May), has been charged with violent disorder and criminal damage. 

Macauley McDonald, of Kilton Walk, Manchester, has been remanded into custody ahead of an appearance at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on Monday (31 May). 

A 38-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder and a 35-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have been released under investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Carl Jones, of GMP's Major Incident Team, said: "Our investigation into this incident very much remains ongoing and we're appealing to anyone who may hold information that could assist our enquiries to speak with police. 

"We now have a dedicated incident portal for the public to upload information so I would urge anyone who holds information or footage to do so as a matter of urgency."

Anyone with information can now submit via the Major Incident Public Portal.

Details can also be passed to police online, if able, via www.gmp.police.uk, or 0161 856 3400 or 101, 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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