The devastated family of a man stabbed to death before being found in a canal have paid an emotional tribute to the “caring” 33-year-old.
The body of Scott Anderton was found in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Leigh, Greater Manchester on Thursday, with police later confirming he had been stabbed to death.
A murder investigation was launched by detectives at Greater Manchester Police, and three teenage boys aged, 16, 17, and 18 have been arrested on suspicion of killing Scott, Manchester Evening News reports.
Scott’s heartbroken family paid tribute to their beloved grandson, brother, nephew, uncle and friend today.
On behalf of her family, Scott’s sister, Nicola Anderton, said: “We understand how much love everyone had for our Scott.
“He had a lot of friends and people that liked him and had lots of happy times and memories with him.
“As I’m sure you can all imagine, our family are still struggling to come to term with the loss of ‘our kid’.
“Our son, our grandson, our brother, our nephew and our uncle.
“At present, we are all broken!”
“In time we as a family will organise a gathering for everyone to attend and remember him for the happy and cheeky chap we all love so dearly,” added Nicola.
“We hope you will all come and celebrate his life and share some of your treasured memories with us all!
“Details on time and place will be given.
“We hope everyone understands and we can’t thank you all enough for the continuous support you share.”
Police were called at about 7am on Thursday, March 25, to a report of a body in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal near King Street, Leigh.
A body, now identified as Scott, was recovered from the water.
A post-mortem examination found Scott “died after suffering multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma injuries”.
Three teenage boys, aged 16, 17 and 18, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday and will remain in custody for an additional 36 hours after officers obtained a custody extension.
Scott’s next of kin has been informed and are being supported by specialist officers, Greater Manchester Police said.
A 21-year-old man initially arrested on suspicion of murder has since been released with no further action being taken.
Detective Chief Inspector Liz Hopkinson, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “First and foremost our thoughts remain firmly with the family of the man who very tragically lost his life and we currently have specialist officers providing support to them.
“We currently have three people in custody for questioning but I would stress that our investigation is continuing at pace to ensure we are able to provide his family with the answers they deserve.
“We will continue to have an increased police presence in the area and encourage anyone with any worries or concerns to speak with officers.
“We’re also continuing to appeal to anyone who has any information, or was in the area on Wednesday night or Thursday morning to make contact with police as a matter of urgency. Any information, no matter how big or small, could be crucial to the investigation.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9283 quoting log 477 of 25/03/21. Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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