Images released in appeal after Christmas day murder

Police investigating after a man was found dead on Christmas morning, have released images of a taxi whose driver could be a key witness.

The images were taken from CCTV outside the Bull’s Head pub on Halifax Road in Rochdale between 10.45pm and 11pm on Sunday 24 December 2017. The car is believed to be a silver, grey or gold Toyota Avensis with taxi signage.

At around 8.15am on Monday 25 December police were called after the body of a 21-year-old man was found on Dyehouse Lane in Rochdale.

Officers attended and a murder investigation was launched.

The man, who has since been formally identified as Mohammed Aftab, was found with multiple head injuries and stab wounds to the neck

Jason Byrnes (05/07/1991) of Waithlands Road, Rochdale has been charged with murder.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses in particular the driver of the car in the CCTV images, who is not believed to have had any involvement in the murder.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 9908, 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.




© Greater Manchester Police 2018