Murder charge after 'jolly' Army veteran found dead in Stalybridge

Garrick Bates Image copyright Police handout
Image caption Garrick Bates was described as "loud" and "jolly" by his family

A man has been charged with murder after a "bubbly" Army veteran was found dead at a house in Greater Manchester.

The body of Garrick Bates, 45, was found at the home in Sand Street, Stalybridge on Friday.

The "loud" and "jolly" father-of-four was "proud as punch" of his 23 years in the Army, where he rose to be a Master Armoury Sergeant, his family said.

Daryl Masters, 34, of Old Road, Dukinfield, is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates' Court later.

Two other men who were arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on bail.

Police said Mr Bates' body was found following reports of concern for the welfare of a man on Friday evening.

Paying tribute to the "big Manchester United fan", his relatives said he loved motorcycling and pet dogs.

They added: "He was a loud, jolly, bubbly and sociable man who enjoyed spending his time with friends and family.

"Garrick leaves behind a mum, dad, two children, two stepchildren and his three brothers."

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