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First pic of 'BFG', 34, killed in village street fight on Christmas night out as heartbroken family tell of agony

Daniel Hogan died after collapsing and suffering head injuries on Friday night in Uppermill, Oldham.

Police said Daniel Forster and Michael Milligan Nield, both 24, have been charged over the death of Hogan.

He was known locally as the "BFG", or Big Friendly Giant, and this is the second tragedy to hit the family after his step-father recently passed away.

Carol Strand, Hogan's aunt, told the Manchester Evening News the family was devastated.

She said: "Daniel was one of the most thoughtful and lovable people you could ever meet.

"He was known locally by many as the 'BFG' and would do anything for his friends and family.

"Following the tragic occurrence last night my family and I have had so many messages from dozens of his friends, all of those whose lives he touched."

Strand has set up a crowdfunding page as Hogan's mother now has two funerals to pay for.

It has already raised more than £3,000.

Forster from Springhead and Nield from Shaw in Greater Manchester, have been remanded in custody to appear before Manchester Magistrates Court on Monday.

Police were called to High Street in the centre of the village at 11.30pm on Friday.

Hogan was given first aid at the scene but later died of his injuries in hospital.

A post-mortem is due to take place.

Greater Manchester Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

They particularly want to speak with a man again who spoke with officers at the scene because they believe he knows key information.

Police describe him as in his 40s and has short black hair and he was wearing a pale blue short-sleeved polo style shirt with dark trousers.

Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said in a statement: "GMP would like to thank the local community for the significant amount of support offered since the incident took place."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9283, or phone the independent charity Crimestopppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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