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Two charged with Daniel’s murder
Monday 1st February 2016 @ 11:09 by Becky Cahill
Ashton Features News
Tributes have been pouring in across social media for 23-year-old homeless man Daniel Smith who was found murdered inside a burning tent.
Daniel, from Ashton, was found last Wednesday when police and fire crews were called to reports that a tent located under a railway bridge was ablaze in Irwell Street, Ordsall.
Daniel’s body was discovered inside the tent. A Home Office post mortem examination concluded that he had died from multiple injuries.
Shocked friends from Tameside have paid tribute to Daniel on Facebook this week, describing him as a genuinely lovely young man.
Many others have posted comments to raise the very real dangers that homeless people face living on the streets.
Daniel’s family has been left totally devastated. Police have arrested a number of people in connection with Daniel’s death.
As we went to press (Wednesday) two individuals were  charged with Daniel’s murder.
Adam Acton, 24, and Luke Benson, 25, of no fixed abode, have been charged with murder and appeared at Manchester and Salford City Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
They were remanded to appear at Manchester Crown Court tomorrow (Friday).
In all police have arrested nine people in connection with Daniel’s murder.
A number of those people, including three men, a 28-year-old woman and a 16-year-old youth remain in police custody for questioning.
A 16-year-old boy arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning, and a 24-year-old man arrested on Friday, have both been bailed pending further enquiries.
Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick from GMP’s Major Investigation Team said: “A lot of work has been done with regards to this investigation and we have made quite a large number of arrests, but there is still much more to do.
“We have had quite a good response from the public to this appeal and I would like to continue to ask for their invaluable support and urge anybody with information to please come forward.
“We have specialist officers providing ongoing support to Daniel’s family.”
Anyone with information should call GMP’s Major Incident Team on (0161) 856 8797, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
In response to the tragedy, Alison Hill, Project Director at Emmaus Mossley, the charity for homeless people, said: “The death of Daniel Smith is a real tragedy.
“Some of the formerly homeless people who now live and work at Emmaus Mossley have spoken of the real dangers that homeless people face on the streets.
“There are a lot of negative and false stereotypes of homeless people. A wide range of people can be made homeless – people who have led successful lives but fallen on hard times.
“Everyone has a role to play to help break the stigma of homelessness and support marginalised people to stop these incidents from occurring.”