THE family of a man who was stabbed have paid tribute to him. 

Officers were called shortly before 4.50am on Thursday 18 February 2021 to reports that a man had been stabbed.

Emergency services attended and a 39-year-old man - who has since been formally identified Alan Murphy - was taken to hospital in a critical condition with stab wounds to his arm and chest.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff, the Alan sadly died shortly after 11am the same day.

The attack took place on Whitstable Road, in north Manchester.

Paying tribute to Alan, his family said: "'Alan had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone.

"He has left a lasting impression on everyone's hearts who has met him.

"Alan was a loving son, brother, and father to his young daughter. He is gone but will never be forgotten."

The investigation in to Alan’s death is ongoing.

A 26-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder. They remain in custody for questioning. 

Three men, aged 20, 21 and 41 were initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. They have been questioned and since released with no further action. The 21-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of affray and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information should call 0161 856 9908 quoting incident 331 of 18/02/2021. Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A fundraiser has been set up for his funeral. Visit the Go Fund Me website.

Search for 'Help Alan have the send off he deserves'.