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Shopkeeper bailed over man's murder

ARRESTED: Shopkeeper Cecil Coley

A BLACK pensioner who was arrested by police on suspicion of murder after allegedly attacking two men who tried to rob his flower shop, has been released on bail.

Florist Cecil Coley, 72, is believed to have been involved in a disturbance when a gang of men entered his business, in Manchester, which he has run for 40 years.

He has been bailed until 9 September, pending further inquiries.

It is said Coley was playing dominoes with a friend on Tuesday evening when two armed men entered the Flowers, Frills and Feather shop.

A struggle is said to have ensued in which a 30-year-old man suffered a knife wound to the chest.

He was taken to hospital but died a short time later police, said. A 19-year-old man, also treated for stab wounds, has been arrested.

Coley, a well-known community figure, was also treated for non life-threatening injuries at Trafford General Hospital under police guard and is now being questioned by police over yesterday’s incident.


Mr Coley's nephew, Glen Simms, 49, described the shopkeeper as a "hard worker".

"His health is a huge worry for all of us."

Greater Manchester Police were called to the shop in Shrewsbury Street at about 9.40pm on Tuesday, July 26.

They cordoned off the scene while forensic examinations took place.

A gun has been found at the scene is being forensically examined.

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