The family of 39-year-old William Phelan who was found dead in Harpurhey on Monday have paid tribute to him

William’s body was found at a property on Kilnside Drive and a post mortem examination confirmed that William died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

Paying tribute to him, William’s family said: “We can’t begin to imagine life without William. He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend with a heart of gold.

“We can’t believe this has happened and that he has been taken from us in such a sickening, cruel and heartless way. He was a kind gentle guy who wouldn’t hurt anyone; he was always smiling and loved listening to his music.

“He will be deeply missed and we would appeal to anyone who has any information, no matter how small, to please come forward and help get justice for William.

“We will love and miss him always.”

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “It’s now been three days since William was found and we are continuing to provide his loved ones with support at this incredibly difficult time.

“I met with William’s family earlier today and saw first-hand the pain and heartbreak that they are feeling as they come to terms with what happened. William’s death has left them truly devastated.

“We need to find answers for them and get the justice that they deserve and I would ask that anybody with any information that they believe can assist us contacts police urgently.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 6777, quoting incident number 705 of 19/03/18, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111



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