Police offer £20,000 reward for information relating to death of Desmond O'Reilly in Manchester
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Police offer £20,000 reward for information relating to death of Desmond O'Reilly in Manchester

POLICE in Manchester are offering a £20,000 reward for information in relation to the death of Desmond O'Reilly.

Mr O'Reilly was found collapsed with a serious head injury by a passer-by on St George’s Avenue, Hulme, at 10.13pm on Monday, December 5.

The 53-year-old was taken to hospital but sadly died shortly the following day.

The reward is now being offered to anyone with any information leading to the arrest and conviction of anybody connected to the death of Desmond O’Reilly.

Detectives believe that Mr O'Reilly was attacked prior to being found and a Home Office postmortem concluded that he died as a result of the head injury he sustained.

Greater Manchester Police's Major Incident Team launched an investigation and are continuing to appeal for information.

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Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Jones of GMP's Major Incident Team said: "We are approaching the two week anniversary of Desmond’s death and so far we have received very little information about what may have happened to him.

“It is vital that we establish the full circumstances of what happened to Desmond and how he came by the injury that led to his death. We are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen Desmond on the evening of Monday, December 5.

"I hope that this reward demonstrates our dedication to finding the truth about Desmond’s death and I would encourage anyone with any information to come forward.

"If you live in the area and saw anything suspicious, or have any information about what happened to Desmond, please contact police immediately with anything you know."

Anyone with any information about this incident should call police on 0161 856 2491, 101 quoting incident number 2365 of 5/12/16, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.