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Man charged with the murder of Tyson Fury's cousin Rico Burton

Dominic Smithers

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Man charged with the murder of Tyson Fury's cousin Rico Burton

A man has been charged for the murder of Tyson Fury's cousin Rico Burton.

Liam O’Prey, of no fixed address, has been charged with the 31-year-old's death, which happened in Altrincham on Sunday (21 August), Greater Manchester Police have confirmed.

The 21-year-old will go before Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court tomorrow (24 August).

O'Prey was arrested following Mr Burton's death outside a bar in the Goose Green area in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He is also set to stand before the court in relation to an assault of a teenager.

Police were called to Goose Green, Altrincham, after Rico Burton was killed. Credit: PA/Alamy
Police were called to Goose Green, Altrincham, after Rico Burton was killed. Credit: PA/Alamy

A spokesperson for GMP said: "O’Prey will also stand accused of the section 18 assault of a 17-year-old boy who was critically injured and received life-saving treatment from members of the public at the scene following the alleged incident.

"The family of the teenage victim have thanked all those who helped to provide first aid that night – including first responders – to allow him to continue his recovery in hospital, where he remains stable with some significant life-changing injuries."

Following news of Mr Burton's death, Fury took to social media to urge people to stop the violence.

The heavyweight champion tweeted: "My cousin was murdered last night.

"Stabbed in the neck, this is becoming ridiculous idiots carry knives. THIS NEEDS TO STOP."

He added: "RIP RICO BURTON."

Fury later repeated his call in an Instagram post, writing: “This needs to stop, ASAP.

"[The] UK government needs to bring in higher sentencing for knife crime, it’s a pandemic and you don’t know how bad it is until it’s [one] of your own!

"Life is very precious and it can be taken away very quick, enjoy every moment.

"RIP Rico Burton, may the lord God grand you a good place in heaven."

"See you soon."

Police urged anyone with information relating to the case to continue to come forward.

They have asked that information should be passed on by contacting them on 0161 856 7386 and quoting incident 475 of 21/08/2022.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook PA/Alamy

Topics: UK News, Tyson Fury

Dominic Smithers
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