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Murder of Matthew Barrett Police appeal for information

August 30, 2012, 6:22 pm

Police are appealing for information on the murder of an Oldham man, on the year anniversary of his death.

The body of Matthew Alexander Barrett, aged 38, was found on Tuesday 30 August 2011, in a derelict warehouse in Oldham.

Police were called to the address on Partington Street shortly after 6.45am, where they found Matthew had been subjected to a sustained and vicious attack.

A post-mortem examination later revealed he had died from multiple injuries.

Matthew was homeless at the time and was last seen alive visiting a takeaway on Union Street in Oldham, near Mumps, late on the evening of Friday 26 August 2011.

The warehouse where Matthews body was discovered was a place known to be used by people in the homeless community.

The investigation into Matthews murder remains open and on the anniversary of his death, officers are appealing for anyone with new information to come forward.

Detective Inspector Iain Butler from GMPs Major Incident Team said: “Matthew was described as a mild mannered man who was regularly seen around Oldham town centre.

“However, a year ago today he was found brutally murdered in a small disused warehouse, which is somewhere we believe Matthew had been sleeping.

“We are determined to find out exactly who attacked and murdered Matthew in such a vicious manner and our investigation remains very much open.

“We are asking for anyone that has any knowledge about what happened to come forward and speak to us to help with our inquiries.

“It is not believed that Matthew had any relatives, but we are also appealing for anyone that may have known him to get in touch.”

No further action was taken against two men who were arrested last year on suspicion of murder in this case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Incident Team on 0161 856 3691 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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