Man charged with murder following death of Paul Croft in 2005


Paul Croft was attacked in an alleyway in Pendlebury 11 years ago

A man has been charged with the murder of Paul Croft, who was beaten to death eleven years ago.

James Paul Wilde, 28, of Rake Lane, Swinton, will appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Earlier this year Greater Manchester Police launched a re-investigation into Paul’s murder which took place on 25 March 2005.

Paul was attacked in an alleyway next to the Lord Nelson pub, in Pendlebury , which is known locally as the Sandy Path.

He was severely beaten with a baseball bat and taken to Hope Hospital, where he died a week later on March 31, 2005.

Paul, 19, was attacked three months before his partner gave birth to their twin boys.

GMP launched an investigation and made a number of arrests in connection with Paul’s murder, but no one was ever charged.

As part of their re-investigation GMP’s Cold Case Unit re-arrested a 28-year-old man in July and he is due to appear in court today.