Police launch urgent hunt for murder suspect after death of man, 38

Police have urged the public not to approach John Bellfield, 28, who is wanted on suspicion of murder

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Police are hunting a “dangerous” murder suspect after the death of a 38-year-old man in a “horrific attack” in Greater Manchester.

Thomas Campbell was found dead at an address in Riverside, Mossley, Greater Manchester, at around 10.30am on July 3.

Detectives believe it was a “targeted and deliberate” attack and have issued an urgent appeal to find John Bellfield, who is wanted on suspicion of murder.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) described the 28-year-old, of Openshaw, Manchester, as “a dangerous individual” and warned the public not to approach him but to call 999.

John Bellfield
John Bellfield
Police have urged the public not to approach John Bellfield
Police have urged the public not to approach John Bellfield

Bellfield is believed to also have links to Lancashire, the force said.

GMP said: “Do not approach Bellfield and if you see him call 999. We 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.”

So far three people have been charged in connection with the case and Mr Campbell’s family are being supported by specialist officers.

Stephen Cleworth, 37, Coleen Campbell, 38, and Reece Steven, 29, have been charged with conspiracy to murder and appeared at Manchester Crown Court last week for a preliminary hearing.

Following the death last month, Detective Inspector Mark Davis, from GMP’s major incident team, said it was a “horrific attack” and “targeted and deliberate”.

Anyone with information should contact officers on 0161 856 6377 or use GMP’s LiveChat facility or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.