Man found dead in country lane on Christmas Day as police launch murder probe

Mohammed Aftab, 21.

A 21-year-old man was found dead in a country lane in Rochdale on Christmas Day with multiple stab wounds and head injuries, Greater Manchester Police have confirmed.

A murder investigation has been launched after Mohammed Aftab’s body was discovered in Dyehouse Lane in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

Police confirmed the man was from the Belfield area of Rochdale.

Greater Manchester Police said he suffered “multiple head injuries and stab wounds to the neck” and the news of his death was “devastating” to his family.

Appealing for witnesses to come forward, Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Wilkinson from the force’s major incident team said: “Learning that their son has died has been understandably devastating for the family and our officers continue to support them at this difficult time.

“Due to the time of year, the area wasn’t as busy as usual but there are people out there who know exactly how Mohammed’s life was tragically taken and I cannot stress the importance that they contact us.

“Since the call came in, the dedicated team of officers have been working tirelessly on this case and will continue to do so until we track down those responsible and make them answer for this horrific crime.”

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Detective Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle added: “We are hoping members of the public can help us work out this man’s last moments.

“If you have any information that you think might help us, no matter how small, please do get in touch.”


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