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Police appeal for information on murder of 21-year-old Rochdale man as victim is named

21-year-old Liam Richardson was murdered in Rochdale in the early hours of 3 October 2022.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 13th October 2022

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is appealing for information after a man was murdered in Rochdale in the early hours of the morning last week.

The man has now been officially identified and named as 21-year-old Liam Richardson.

Liam’s body was found following reports of a disturbance at an address on Industry Road during the early hours of the morning on 3 October 2023, before a second incident occurred at around 4am on the same morning on Norton Road.

A third incident happened at just before 6:30am on Gale Street, also in Rochdale, where the suspect was then detained.

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Now, over a week following the shocking incident, the suspect – who has been named as 36-year-old Kieron Oldham – has been charged with Liam’s murder.

He has also been charged with affray and two counts of false imprisonment.

“We would like to express that our thoughts are with Liam’s family and friends at this sad time and we are asking that their privacy is respected to allow them the time to grieve and come to terms with their huge loss,” said Detective Inspector Rachel Smith.

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GMP has confirmed that Mr Oldham has been remanded in custody, and will appear at Manchester Crown Court on 13 March 2023.

But now, a public appeal for information has been issued.

Police are now appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time of the three incidents, and therefore may have information that could aid in ongoing investigations, to get in touch with officers.

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DI Smith added: “We are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward to help with our investigation [and] this includes CCTV, dashcam, Ring doorbell and mobile phone footage that may have captured any of these incidents. 

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GMP’s Major Incident Team can be contacted on 0161 856 8751, or you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Any relevant information and footage can also be uploaded to the public portal here.

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