Manhunt for ‘mastermind’ of Mossley murder continues

POLICE hunting the alleged mastermind of a murder that stunned a quiet Mossley street are concentrating their search on Spain.

John Belfield fled the country after the brutal attack on Riverside in July that left Thomas Campbell dead.

Three people – including the victim’s ex-wife Coleen – have been jailed for a combined 62 years for their parts, Reece Steven will serve 37 years after being found guilty of murder after a five-week trial.

Police have released a fresh image of John Belfield

But Greater Manchester Police are still hunting 28-year-old Belfield, of the Openshaw area of Manchester, and they have appealed for further information.

Detective Inspector Mark Davis, of the force’s major incident team, said: “We have been working tirelessly ever since Saturday, July 3 to find those we suspect are responsible.

“We have followed a number of lines of enquiry and through an extensive investigation continue to appeal to the public for any information about Belfield’s whereabouts.

“We know he has links to Greater Manchester and Lancashire, but we now believe that he has left the UK and could possibly be in Spain or Tenerife.

The body of Thomas Campbell was found at his home in Mossley

“Thomas suffered significant injuries over a period of time, and I must stress that we do not want members of the public to approach Belfield.

“If you become aware of his whereabouts, please do nothing more than dial 999, quoting Operation Ravensburg. He is thought to be a dangerous individual who must not be approached.

“It is also worth reminding members of the public and Belfield’s associates, in particular, that assisting an offender is a criminal offence any anyone convicted of this faces up to 10 years imprisonment.”

Det Insp Davis also reiterated the importance of finding two watches that were missing from the scene where Mr Campbell suffered 61 different injures.

John Belfield is wanted by GMP

He added: “Thomas owned at least two high-value Rolex watches that have been missing from his home address ever since his death.

“We ask if anyone has any information about these to let us know as they may prove to be a crucial line of enquiry.

“Our team continue to investigate this serious and complex investigation and are following many lines of enquiry to identify all of those responsible in playing a part in his death.”

Greater Manchester Police has a dedicated portal for anyone to submit images or video footage to help ongoing inquiries at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/06GMP22G12-PO1.

Anyone with information should contact officers, on 0161 856 6377, or using GMP’s LiveChat facility on www.gmp.police.uk or alternatively Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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