Police in Manchester have issued an appeal for John Bellfield from Openshaw who they are seeking to arrest on suspicion of the murder of Thomas Campbell in Mossley last month.

The 28 year old is from the Openshaw area of the city and is believed to also have links to Lancashire, but could be anywhere in the country.

Police are warning the public not to approach Bellfield and if you see him call 999.

They are actively seeking his arrest and ask that anyone with information about his whereabouts contacts us immediately.

Anyone who knows Bellfield, and may be withholding information, is reminded that assisting a suspect can lead to a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Police continue to investigate Thomas’ death in after his body was discovered on the morning of 3 July.

The Senior Investigating Officer for this investigation, Detective Inspector Mark Davis, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “We have been working tirelessly ever since Saturday 3rd July 2022 to find those we suspect are responsible and we are now able to publicly say we think that Bellfield is one of those.

“Since Thomas’ murder, we have followed a number of lines of enquiry and through extensive inquiries we can now appeal for information about Bellfield’s whereabouts.

“We know he has links to Greater Manchester and Lancashire, but he may have travelled further afield across the UK and possibly overseas.

“Thomas suffered significant injuries over a period of time, and I must stress that we do not want members of the public to approach Bellfield. If you become aware of his whereabouts, please do nothing more than dial 999, quoting Operation Ravensburgh. He is thought to be a dangerous individual who must not be approached.

“It is also worth reminding members of the public and Belfield’s associates, in particular, that assisting an offender is a criminal offence any anyone convicted of this faces up to 10 years imprisonment.

“Thomas owned at least two high-value Rolex watches that have been missing from his home address ever since his death, and we ask if anyone has any information about these to let us know as they may prove to be a crucial line of enquiry.

“Eleven people have been arrested so far and three people have previously been charged in connection with Thomas’ death. The team continues to investigate this serious and complex investigation and are following many lines of enquiry to identify those responsible in playing a part in his death.

In a tribute to Thomas, his family said: “Tom was a loving son, brother, uncle and devoted father who was always smiling. He would go out of his way to help his family and friends without a second thought. We would ask anyone with information to come forward and help secure justice as his children miss him dearly.”


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