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Police officers have launched a murder inquiry after a man died following an assault in Manchester.

At around 4.45am on 2 June 2022, officers were called to a report of an assault on Bloom Street in Manchester City Centre.

Emergency services attended and 59-year-old David Aubert was taken to hospital and later left on his own accord.

Days later on 6 June 2022, Police officers received a report that David was missing by a family member and a missing report was submitted.

Two days later, David was sadly found dead at an address on Upper Brook Street in Longsight at around 11am.

In a tribute, his family said: “Dave was an easy-going, likeable chap who was well known in the local area and often seen riding around on his bicycle.

“He had a caring nature, with not a mean bone in his body, and was well liked by all who knew him.

“He liked his routine, was set in his ways and happy and content with his lot. He didn’t have a care in the world and lived his life without causing any hurt to anyone else.

“Dave’s death, under such tragic circumstances, has had a devastating effect on all who knew him, and has left his three brothers with the heart-breaking task of learning to live without him.”

The incident has been referred to GMP’s Professional Standards Branch who have referred it to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.Detective Chief Inspector David Meeney, from GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “Our thoughts are with David’s family who are understandably devastated and desperately wanting some answers which a number of detectives are currently working on answering.

“The investigation is very much on-going and we’re following up a number of lines of enquiry already including thorough CCTV checks.

“We’re keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the assault on Bloom Street or anyone who may have heard from David to get in touch. Even the smallest bit of information may be vital.“

Anyone with information or anyone who may have seen anything is asked to call 0161 856 1259 or report it online or via LiveChat at www.gmp.police.uk.“Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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