A third person has been arrested over the murder of Rochdale dad John Rimmer.

The 54-year-old was admitted to hospital at around 8.40pm on Wednesday, 4 September with injuries to his head and face and died on Friday, 6 September.

A murder investigation was launched and a 42-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of assault.

They have since been released under investigation.

Tonight, detectives said a 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody for questioning.

Officers are continuing to appeal for information or anyone with dash-cam footage to get in touch.

 

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: "This was a violent incident that has left John’s family and friends devastated. Our thoughts are very much with his family at this difficult time.

"Whilst we have a man in custody, our enquiries are very much ongoing.

"We know the answers lie within the community, and I would urge anyone who has any information to do the right thing and come forward to police, so that we can give John’s family the answers they deserve."

John's family paid tribute to him a statement saying: "Our whole family is shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic death of John.

"John was a kind soul, full of passion for people, music, education and most of all his loyal dogs.

"He was loved by everyone who ever knew him on his journey."

 

"He was gentle but harsh. He was strong and empathic. He was straightforward and honest.

"He simply knew his role in life was to share love for everything with everyone who walked by his side.

"His son has been extremely brave. The whole family are holding on tight with the help of his wonderful loyal long term friends."

Information and images can be uploaded online via the investigation page on the Major Incident Public Portal.

Search  mipp.police.uk  and click on the tile for this investigation and follow the instructions.

Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 6777, quoting incident number 152 of 5 September 2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.