Manchester

Murder inquiry after man stabbed in Manchester street

Martin Gallagher
Image caption Martin Gallagher's family said he was 'everybody's friend'

Police have started a murder inquiry after a 37-year-old man was fatally stabbed in a Manchester street.

Officers were called to a large-scale disturbance in Sandringham Street, Gorton, at 2030 BST on Friday.

They discovered Martin Gallagher with stab wounds to his chest. He was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary but died shortly afterwards.

Six men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody, a spokesman said.

The woman and four of the men were originally held on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Mr Gallagher's family paid tribute to a man who "was everybody's friend and a great character".

"He would do anything for anyone and always made people laugh," they added.

"It is such a tragedy that Martin has been taken from us in these circumstances.

'Not random'

"All the family would like to be left alone to grieve together in peace."

Ch Insp Janet Hudson, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "The inquiry is at an early stage, but I want to reassure everyone that we have a team of detectives investigating this incident.

"We have made seven arrests and, at this stage, this does not appear to be a random attack.

"If anyone has any information about what happened, please don't hesitate to get in touch."

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