Man, 57, dies after attack at Manchester Airport 

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of a taxi driver at a car park in Manchester Airport. 

William Brent Taylor, known as Brent to his friends, died ‘of a heart attack’ following an altercation. 

The two men, aged 55 and 26, are in police custody where they remain for questioning.

The 57-year-old victim was described as ‘one of the nicest people you could ever meet’. 

Police were called to the airport following reports of an assault near Terminal 2 at around 8.25am this morning.

William Brent Taylor, known as Brent to his friends, was described as 'one of the nicest people you could ever meet'

The taxi driver who died following an altercation at a car park in Manchester Airport has been as William Brent Taylor

William Brent Taylor (pictured), known as Brent to his friends, was described as ‘one of the nicest people you could ever meet’

The victim, 57, from Chesterfield, was taken to Wythenshawe hospital where he later died. 

A police cordon in the multi-storey car park in terminal two has been put in place around the scene. 

The Manchester Evening News reports the man is believed to have collapsed and suffered a suspected heart attack following an altercation in the car park. 

It is understood he was waiting for passengers. 

Greater Manchester Police confirmed they have launched an investigation and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward. 

Touching tributes to Mr Brent Taylor have been left on social media after the shocking news of his death. 

Lauren Taylor wrote: ‘It is with great sadness in having to write this but our rock, our family glue has sadly left us today.

‘We are all hurting at the moment, don’t be sad, William Brent Taylor wouldn’t want that, me and Shaun are fine, he will be home soon.’

Police were called to the airport following reports of an assault near Terminal 2 at around 8.25am

Police were called to the airport following reports of an assault near Terminal 2 at around 8.25am this morning

Friends described him as an ‘amazing’ and ‘first class man’. 

In his final Facebook post less than two hours before the assault he told how he was ‘living the dream’ after returning from the ‘holiday of a lifetime’. 

A close friend and fellow taxi driver described his death as ‘absolutely devastating’ and fondly remembered him for his ‘sharp wittedness’ and ‘capacity to share and help whoever, with whatever, whenever he could.’

He added: ‘This is a sad and tragic loss to the the many of those whose lives he helped to brighten and I’m consoled somewhat at least by the fact that just prior to this he’s managed to experience the holiday of a lifetime with another best friend of ours.’

Ann Dickens, his work colleague at A-Line Taxis in his home town wrote: ‘So sad a first class man it as a pleasure having him work for us, sorry there are no words to explain how we all feel.’

A shocked Helen Aldred posted on Facebook: ‘I couldn’t believe it when I heard earlier.

One amazing man and will never be forgotten and surely be missed.’

A police cordon has been put in place around the scene in the Terminal 2 car park

A police cordon has been put in place around the scene in the Terminal 2 car park

Forensic teams are combing the scene for evidence 

Forensic teams are combing the scene for evidence 

A Manchester private hire driver said: ‘I normally drive to the airport between 12 and six in the day.

I don’t really do airport jobs, but the people who do them between 5-8 or 10 in the morning, is their busiest time. 

‘You do hear stories about drivers getting into arguments about parking spaces but we don’t know whether this incident was what this argument was about.’

Local black-cab driver: ‘I heard about the incident but I don’t know the taxi driver.

I do the airport runs a lot and the morning is the busiest time.

‘When the public come here, they don’t know where they’re driving too because of the roadworks and and building work going on in the area.

‘They then might be late and start having an argument about parking spaces or if the traffic is backed up.

It’s particularly busy between 8-10 in the morning and the night between 5-7. You do get heated arguments and the airport marshalls get it too. One marshall has been attacked twice.

‘Drivers are not allowed to pull up at the airport and wait for people.

But one marshall told them that they couldn’t t wait there and they told him to ‘get stuffed’ and there a bit of scuffle. They get a lot of trouble over the parking there.’ 

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: ‘Shortly after 8.25am on Friday 6 April, police were called to reports of an assault at a car park at Terminal 2 of Manchester Airport.

‘A 57-year-old taxi driver was taken to hospital where he sadly died.

‘Enquiries remain ongoing at the scene.

‘Two men, aged 55 and 26, have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and remain in custody for questioning.

‘A post mortem examination will be carried out tomorrow.’ 

A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service said: ‘We sent an ambulance to Manchester Airport at 8.30am.

‘A man, aged in his 50s, had collapsed.’ 

Greater Manchester Police confirmed no arrests had been made and that enquiries were ongoing

Greater Manchester Police confirmed no arrests had been made and that enquiries were ongoing

Police were called to the airport following reports of an assault near Terminal 2 at around 8.25am this morning

Police were called to the airport following reports of an assault near Terminal 2 at around 8.25am this morning

A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service said: 'We sent an ambulance to Manchester Airport at 8.30am

A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service said: ‘We sent an ambulance to Manchester Airport at 8.30am

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