The mother of a man who died after being detained has paid tribute to him.
Back on Tuesday 11 October 2016, around 11.20pm, an assault took place at Victoria Station in the city centre.
It is believed two of the men involved in the incident ran away. However, they were chased by two members of security to the Spinningfields area.
Two other security staff arrived at the same location in a taxi.
Around 11.45pm, a man was then detained by security officers close to Australasia Restaurant, Spinningfields. Moments later he fell ill at which point police were called.
The detainee, 29-year-old Jack Barnes, was taken to hospital where he sadly died on Friday 2 December.
A post-mortem has taken place however, the results require further investigation to determine the circumstances around Jack’s death.
Four men aged 32, 43, 52 and 60 were arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault. They all have been re-bailed until 7 March 2017.
‘Loving and devoted daddy’
Paying tribute to him, Jack’s mother, Patricia Grayson, spoke movingly of him. “To have him snatched away at such a young age as 29 has left us devastated. Not only have we lost our beautiful son, my children Samantha Lee and Stephen have had their beloved brother stolen from them so cruelly.
“Jack was a loving and devoted daddy to his only child, Gracie, whom he loved with all his heart and soul. She was his world, his everything.
“I’d only ask that our privacy is respected at this sad time so we can mourn in private as a family. Thank you”.
Officers are continuing to appeal to anyone who witnessed the initial assault at Victoria Station or the incident outside Australasia. Additionally, officers are specifically appealing to the taxi driver who drove two members of security to Spinningfields on the evening of Tuesday 11 October.
Detective Inspector Rebecca Boyce of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, released a statement. “This tragic set of circumstances has left a family heartbroken at their loss of their son, brother and father. My thoughts remain with them during this difficult time”.
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4082, 101 quoting reference number 2536 of 11/10/16, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.