Man arrested in Manchester murder probe after body of dad found in Calderdale

Detectives have arrested a man as part of a murder investigation after a man's body was found in Calderdale earlier this month.

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 2:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 2:20 pm

At around 6.40am on Thursday 13 May 2021, police in West Yorkshire attended reports of a body found off Pike End Road in Rishworth, Calderdale.

The man was identified as 29-year-old Rhys Thompson from Moss Side and a murder investigation continues.

Specialist officers are supporting Rhys' family at this distressing time.

The body of 29-year-old Rhys Thompson was found in Calderdale

A 35-year-old man was arrested in Cambridgeshire last night on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody at this time.

Four men were also arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday 16 May and released under investigation pending further enquiries.

One of police's main lines of enquiry is a disturbance that occurred at around 3.40am earlier that morning on Delaunays Road, Crumpsall, during which it is believed that Rhys and his three friends were involved in the disturbance with another group of men before Rhys' body was found three hours later in Rishworth.

A post-mortem has established that he died of serious head injuries caused by a weapon, and that this is likely to have occurred in the Greater Manchester area.

Extensive enquiries, including meticulous CCTV work, is ongoing and a dedicated incident portal has been formed for anyone with information, images or video content to upload as part of the investigation:

Investigators are particularly interested to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard a disturbance in the Crumpsall area or near Pike End Road, Rishworth, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Wilkinson, from GMP's Major Incident Team, said: "This is a seriously complex investigation which involves detectives pursuing several lines of enquiry and we are making sure that we are doing all we can to get answers for Rhys' family.

"All of our thoughts are with Rhys' family and friends who are all understandably devastated following his tragic death.

"Any piece of information that anyone has may prove vital and I would continue to ask anyone with information to come forward. Particularly anyone in the Crumpsall area that may have heard a disturbance on 13 May.

"Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4815 quoting Operation Linnett. Details can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Information and media material can be uploaded to the dedicated MIPP portal here: