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Arrest over death of David Askew in Greater Manchester

David Askew (Pic: Greater Manchester Police)
David Askew, 64, lived with his mother and brother in Hattersley

An 18-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of manslaughter after a man with learning disabilities died outside his Greater Manchester home.

David Askew, 64, who suffered years of torment at the hands of local youths, was found dead outside his house in Hattersley, on Wednesday evening.

Shortly before he died, police officers had received reports of teenagers causing trouble in the area.

Detectives stressed that he had not been attacked before his death.

The case has been voluntarily referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Re-housing agreement

Results of a Home Office post-mortem examination have proved inconclusive and further tests will be carried out to find the cause of Mr Askew's death, police said.

Mr Askew lived with his mother, Rose, 89, on the estate and on Friday it emerged that the family had agreed to be re-housed a fortnight earlier.

Neighbours said Mr Askew, who had learning difficulties, suffered years of abuse

Phil Corris, managing director of Peak Valley Housing Association, said officials had been attempting to persuade Rose Askew to move to a property better suited to her mobility needs "for some time".

"However, until very recently Mrs Askew remained adamant that she wished to remain in the property where she was close to local amenities," said Mr Corris.

"Within the last two weeks, however, our housing officer and the local police managed to persuade Mrs Askew to apply for a new home in Hattersley that would be better meet her mobility issues - and the relevant paperwork was completed."

He wouldn't hurt a fly and he never saw bad in anyone - he always put others first
Rose Askew, David Askew's mother

Mrs Askew described her son as "a very happy person".

"He was kind and thoughtful. He was a true gentleman and would often help me around the house and with shopping," she said.

"He wouldn't hurt a fly and he never saw bad in anyone. He always put others first."

Ch Supt Zoe Hamilton said police had worked with the family for a number of years and officers were very upset when they heard the news.

Mrs Askew, who had CCTV cameras fitted outside her home as the police sought to catch the tormentors, said: "I would like to tell you how the police have been a great help to me.

"We have had a lot of issues over the years with kids causing problems. Over the last two years the police have been superb.

"They even helped with improving the safety of our home. They have done as much as anyone could do."



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