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Police charged three teenagers with the murder of a 33-year-old man, whose body was found in a canal in Greater Manchester.

At 07:00 on March 25, emergency services found Scott Anderton’s body in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Leigh. According to BBC news, the victim suffered multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma. Officers believe the suspects then pushed Anderton into the canal after the attack.

Officials made three arrests on March 26, with all suspects remaining in custody for an additional 36 hours than usual. In the early hours of the case, officers arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of murder. However, he has since been released.

Police charged three teenagers – Liam Bailey, 18, and two boys, 16 and 17 – with Anderton’s murder. For legal reasons, the two boys remain unnamed. All three suspects will appear at Manchester Crown Court tomorrow.

According to Nicola Anderton, the victim’s sister, “he had the cheekiest smile, which was infectious.” Enquiries into the motive of the attack are ongoing as the Greater Manchester police continue their investigation.

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