Distraught colleagues of the Chorlton man killed as he tried to stop car thieves have paid tribute to the 35-year-old project manager and former submariner.

Co-workers said Michael Samwell, a project manager for engineering firm Atkins based in Warrington, was a trusted employee and colleagues are devastated at the news of his death.

Martin Grant, CEO of Atkins’ Energy business, said: “Mike brought a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to our business.

“He was an extremely popular colleague and was respected by all who worked with him.”

Greater Manchester Police arrested a 21-year-old man in relation to Mr Samwell’s death.

The suspect was later released on bail while the investigation continues.

Mr Grant described Michael Samwell as “bright and positive with a real star quality” that everybody loved.

“He had a bright future ahead of him,” he said.

Dozens of flowers have been left at the scene of Mr Samwell’s death as the community pay tribute.

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Mr Samwell was killed as he tried to stop a car theft in Chorlton

In the early hours of Sunday morning, Mr Samwell was fatally injured by car thieves outside his Cranbourne Road home in Chorlton.

Mr Samwell was hit by his own car as a group of men attempted to steal his Audi S3. The car was later found abandoned in Ladybarn. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Mr Samwell, a former Royal Navy officer, was rushed to hospital but died shortly after the incident.

Mr Grant said: “He’ll be terribly missed by us all.

“Our thoughts are with his wife, family and all of us who knew him at this difficult time.”

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