A 70-year-old man has been charged with murdering a a 25-year-old man in the heart of Manchester’s gay village.

At about 7.30pm on the 25th February 2008 Craig Douglas, who was straight, and another man were approached by two men and the four got into an argument on Canal Street close to its junction with Minshull Street and Aytourn Street.

He was taken to the Manchester Royal Infirmary but died a short time later.

A post-mortem examination later revealed Craig died as a result of a single stab wound to the neck.

David Brodie from Victoria Square, Manchester, has been charged with murdering Mr Douglas and will appear before magistrates in the city on Wednesday morning.

Another man, aged 66, was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Mr Douglas earlier this week but was bailed until March.

Craig’s mother Sandra and father John said: “We have been devastated by the tragic death of our beloved son.

“No parent should have to bury their child, and the fact he has been so cruelly taken away from us makes this loss even harder to bear.

“We are all struggling to come to terms with Craig’s death and know life will never be the same again.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 3540 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

You can also contact GMP’s Gay Village Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, which is based at the Lesbian and Gay Foundation on Princess Street, with information on 0161 856 3277.