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Salford Murder: Two Homeless Men Charged Over Burning Tent Murder Of Daniel Smith In Salford

28/01/2016 11:39 GMT | Updated 28/01/2016 11:59 GMT

Two men of no fixed abode have been charged with murder after homeless man Daniel Smith was found dead inside a burning tent in Salford.

Adam Acton, 24, and Luke Benson, 25, both appeared before magistrates in Manchester on Wednesday and were remanded to appear at Manchester Crown Court on Friday.

Police have arrested 11 people in connection with Smith's death.

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Two men have appeared in court charged with murder over the death of homeless man Daniel Smith who was found dead near these railway arches close to Salford Central Station

Smith, 23, was discovered after firefighters were called to a tent fire under railway arches off Irwell Street and Trinity Way, close to Salford Central Station, at about 1.20am on January 20.

A post mortem later revealed Smith, who is originally from Ashton-Under-Lyne but had been homeless for some time, died from multiple injuries.

Blood splatters were reportedly found in Smith's tent and it was believed he was assaulted before the fire was deliberately lit, the Manchester Evening News earlier reported.

Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick from Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident Team said despite making almost a dozen arrests police still had "much more to do".

He said: “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.”

Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle, head of Salford Police, earlier said Smith had "suffered a number of injuries" before his body was discovered when firefighters extinguished the fire.

She said police were yet to establish a motive, saying, "it could be robbery or it could be a dispute with other homeless people".

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