Murder enquiry launched after restaurant owner from Hyde died following carjacking

A murder enquiry is under way after a restaurant owner from Hyde died following a carjacking in Romiley.

Nowab Miah was delivering a meal at around 9pm on Friday evening (8 January) when it's understood he was mowed down whilst trying to prevent his own car from being stolen. 

The 53-year-old - who was the owner of Marple Spice in Marple - was left in the road as the thieves fled the scene at the junction of Lyme Grove and Hazel Avenue. 

He was taken to hospital in a critical condition but sadly passed away in hospital on Sunday afternoon (10 January). 

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains in custody.

But police believe other people were involved and are appealing for any witnesses to get in touch as soon as possible. 

Detectives are also searching for a silver Mercedes which they believe was stolen. 

Mr Miah's son Shaf said on Facebook: "I am saddened to announce that my father, my mentor, my role model Haji Mohammed Hedayatul Islam known as Nowab Miah to his friends of Talbot Road, Hyde, has sadly left this world surrounded by close family.

"Me and my family ask that you keep us in your prayers and allow my family to come to terms with this loss. Thank you." 

A GoFundMe page, set up by the local community, has already raised more than £5,000 for Mr Miah's family and charity. You can donate by clicking here

Jonathan Reynolds, the MP for Hyde, said news of Mr Miah's death was "terribly sad" and his thoughts are with his family and friends. 

He said on his Facebook page on Sunday: "I’m very sorry to learn of the death of Nowab Miah, of Talbot Road Hyde, who tragically passed away this afternoon after a car jacking on Friday night in Romiley.

"Mr Miah, full name Haji Mohammed Hedayatul Islam, owned Marple Spice restaurant, and was just doing his job, delivering a takeaway at the time of this awful attack. I understand a 14 year old has been arrested and remains in custody.

"My thoughts are with Mr Miah’s family, friends, the emergency respondents who attended the scene on Friday, and the NHS staff who treated him in hospital over the weekend. Terribly sad." 

Hyde Werneth councillor Phil Chadwick posted on Facebook: "Mr Haji Mohammed Hedayatul Islam - known as Nowab Miah, a resident of Hyde who owned Marple Spice restaurant, has sadly passed away. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time." 

Chief Inspector Liam Boden, of GMP's Major Incident Team, said: "This is an extremely tragic case which has rocked the community and left a family utterly devastated.

"We believe there may have been others involved in the incident and a number of lines of enquiry are continuing to be carried out in order for us to find those responsible.

"We're still asking the public to come forward with any information that may assist us - even the smallest bit of information can prove vital.

"Anyone who may have seen a silver Mercedes in the area at the time or may have seen it in suspicious circumstances since is asked to get in touch - this vehicle could prove vital in our investigation.

"We're also keen for anyone with any CCTV or dash-cam footage to get in touch."

Anyone with information should call 0161 856 9821 or 0161 856 9790, quoting log number 2499 of 08/01/2021. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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