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Tributes flood in for Wesley Barnard, 26, stabbed to death in Winton

Tributes are being paid on social media for 26-year-old Wesley Barnard, who was stabbed to death in Winton on Monday evening.

The 26-year-old father of two was reportedly killed when he tried to intervene in a dispute on Cambrai Crescent.

Police were scrambled to the scene at 11.40pm on Monday 29 August.

It’s understood Mr Barnard had tried to break up a fight when he was stabbed in the chest and fatally wounded.

Pics/video: Murder probe launched after Winton man killed trying to break up fight

Cambrai Crescent murder scene Winton

Stuart Bratt posted on Facebook: “RIP Brother Wesley Barnard it still doesn’t seem real bro x il always be thinking of you and the memories we shared together see you when I get there Wes xxx”

Local MP Barbara Keeley, who represents Winton, told SalfordOnline.com: “It is deeply sad to hear of a stabbing ending like this, in a loss of the life of a 26-year old young man.

“I want to send my sincere sympathy to the family and friends of the young man.

“The police are appealing to the local community in Winton for information which would help them to solve this crime and I hope anyone with information which could help the police will come forward now.”

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett commented: “My condolences go to the family and friends of the victim.

“It is a tragic incident which we do not believe was related to any organised criminal activity.

“I’d urge anyone who has information which could help the police to come forward and support the investigation.”

Paramedics found Wesley in a serious condition and tried to save his life, taking him to hospital, but he sadly passed away.

Police have arrested two teenagers age 16 and 19 on suspicion of murder.

In Winton Crime Scene Investigation officers cordoned off Cambrai Crecent and set up a police tent on nearby Edgeware Road.

Murder scene Winton

On Facebook, readers posted comments in support of Mr Barnard’s family.

At the scene on Tuesday morning one resident spoke of hearing a commotion on the street on Monday night but thought it was “just the normal Bank Holiday”.

She added: “But then I heard the sirens and saw the flashing lights and I knew something was up.

“It is a tight-knit community here although I do feel very worried after dark.”

Extra police were drafted in to patrol the scene and are appealing directly for anyone on the Winton estate around Cambrai Crescent or Edgeware Road who witnessed the fight to get in touch as soon as possible.

Police tent on nearby Edgeware Road, Winton

Police tent on nearby Edgeware Road, Winton

Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, Head of Crime at GMP said: “This is a terrible incident where a young man has lost his life. My thoughts are with his family at this extremely difficult time.

“We believe there will be lots of witnesses to this incident.

“I appeal to anyone who saw what happened and anyone who saw the events before or after it to contact police.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 7336, via 101 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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