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Tribute paid to river murder man

The family of a man found dead in a river in Stockport have said they cannot believe the "terrible way" he was taken from them.

The body of Martin Hyde was discovered in the water near Reddish Vale Country Park last week. Tests revealed he died from multiple injuries.

In a tribute released on Friday, Mr Hyde's family said he was a "happy, fun-loving and wonderful person".

Two people from Stockport have been charged with his murder.

'Horrendous crime'

In a statement released through Greater Manchester Police, his family said: "He will be so sadly missed, we cannot believe the terrible way in which he has been taken from us.

"He was a good lad and did not deserve what has happened. I hope Martin is given justice for this horrendous crime against him.

"He was a happy, fun-loving, wonderful person and will always be in our hearts."

Officers were called to reports that a body had been seen in the river on 1 December.

They had been searching the area the previous day after being called by someone reporting an assault.

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