Second teenager arrested over Hyde restaurant owner's murder

A second teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a popular restaurant owner from Hyde earlier this month.

Mohammed Islam (pictured), known to his friends as Nowab Miah, was delivering a takeaway meal at around 9pm on Friday 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 on Stockport Road in Marple - was left in the road at the junction of Lyme Grove and Hazel Avenue in Romiley. 

Mohammed was taken to hospital in a critical condition but sadly passed away in hospital on Sunday 10 January. 

Shortly after 8pm on Monday 11 January, Mohammed's silver Mercedes was found abandoned on Watson Street in Denton. Police say attempts had been made to set the car on fire. 

A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with murder and numerous driving offences on Tuesday 12 January and appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court the following day. 

On Wednesday (20 January), Greater Manchester Police confirmed that another 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to commit theft. He remains in custody for questioning.

Mohammed, who lived in Newton, was a prominent member of Hyde’s Bangladeshi community. 

His family have paid a touching tribute to a "mentor and role model" who was "loved and respected by everyone who knew him".

A GoFundMe page, set up by the local community, has already raised around £14,000 for Mohammed's family and charity. You can donate by clicking here

MP Jonathan Reynolds, who represents Hyde, is among those who have paid tribute to Mohammed

Meanwhile, police are continuing to appeal for information. 

Chief Inspector Liam Boden, of GMP’s Major Incidents Team, said: “This was a tragic incident and my thoughts remain with Mohammed's family and friends as they try to come to terms with their devastating loss.

"Whilst we have made a further arrest, this investigation is still ongoing and I would urge anyone with information about what happened to get in touch with police as soon as you can."

Information and images can be submitted directly via the Major Incident Public Portal here:

People can also call 0161 856 2450, quoting log number 2499 of 08/01/2021. Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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