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Tragic Altercation at Manchester Traffic Lights Ends in Murder

In the early hours of Tuesday, January 23, 2024, a tragic altercation at a set of traffic lights in Manchester resulted in the death of a 30-year-old man. The incident unfolded shortly before 1:40 am at the junction of A34 Kingsway and Parrs Wood Lane to Queensway, located in East Didsbury, Manchester.

Two men, travelling in separate vehicles, became embroiled in an altercation at the traffic lights. The victim, sadly, bore the brunt of the aggression and was physically assaulted. Despite the immediate response of emergency services at the scene, his injuries proved fatal, and he passed away shortly after being transported to the hospital.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have taken the necessary steps to inform the victim’s family, who are now receiving support from specially trained officers during this difficult time.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody, where he is undergoing questioning.

According to GMP, both the victim and the suspect had been travelling in separate vehicles along Kingsway leading up to the incident. However, when they came to a halt at the traffic light junction, the situation escalated, ultimately leading to a tragic outcome.

Forensic activity centres around a silver Mercedes, which appears to have sustained damage to its passenger-side window, suggesting its involvement in the altercation.

Significant road closures have been implemented on Kingsway in both directions to facilitate ongoing investigations at the scene. These closures are expected to impact travel routes for several hours.

Detective Inspector Alex Wilkinson, leading the investigation as part of GMP’s Major Incident Team, issued a statement, saying, “We understand that an incident of such seriousness like this will cause shock to the local community and further afield, and I want to provide reassurance that an investigation has been launched to understand what has happened fully and identify all those responsible swiftly.

Although the motive for the altercation remains unclear, investigators believe the incident to be isolated. DI Wilkinson acknowledged the inconvenience caused by the road closures and asked for the public’s patience and understanding as these measures are necessary to conduct extensive inquiries safely.

He added, “Anyone with information, or who believes they may have CCTV or dashcam footage, which could assist with our investigation is asked to come forward by calling 101 and quoting log 166 of 23/01/2024. Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

DI Wilkinson expressed gratitude to the public for their cooperation and assistance and extended condolences to the victim’s family, who have been confronted with such tragic news. The family has requested privacy during this difficult period.

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