NEXT-OF-KIN APPEAL FOR FAMILY OF IAN HOWARTH, AGED 61 FROM CHEETHAM HILL
Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace family of man from the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester.
Ian Howarth, aged 61, passed away at his home on Kirkwood Drive on Wednesday 14 October 2020.
There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
Anyone with information about Ian's next of kin should contact the Police Coroner’s Office in Manchester on 0161 856 2334.
Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace the family of a woman from Salford.
Jean Turner, aged 90, sadly passed away at The Broughton Care Home in Salford on Monday 19 October 2020.
There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.
If anyone has any information about Jean’s next of kin they should contact the Bolton police coroner’s office on 0161 856 4687.
A long-running GMP operation – codenamed Haemus – was first launched in 2019 following a number of firearms incidents across the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester. Officers investigating the incidents believe the incidents sparked from an ongoing dispute between two local crime groups from Cheetham Hill.
Following three more recent firearms incidents – one on Sunday 6 September 2020 on Murray Street, a second on Saturday 12 September on Heath Street and another, more serious incident yesterday evening (Tuesday 15 September 2020) in Salford - police have widened the scope of Op Haemus.
At around 10.55pm on last night, a 27-year-old man was shot on Manton Close, Salford. He was taken to hospital with what were initially thought to be life-threatening injuries. Thankfully, his condition has since improved and he is continuing to receive medical treatment in hospital.
Enquiries suggest that the latest incidents involve one of the Cheetham Hill crime groups and another group from the Salford area.
Following these lines of enquiry, operation Haemus has now widened and will be focussed on the criminal activity of the three local crime groups and the various ongoing disputes between these groups.
So far, officers working on Operation Haemus have made over 25 arrests and executed several warrants. This latest development means that officers from the City of Manchester will work closely with officers from GMP’s Salford division to continue this disruption activity.
Work will also continue with Manchester City Council and Salford Council as part of the multi-agency response into tackling organised crime in the areas.
GMP’s Superintendent Rebecca Boyce said:
Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 61146 quoting incident number 3634 of 15/09/20 or ‘Operation Haemus’. Alternatively, the independent charity - Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
A 27-year-old man is fighting for his life after being shot several times by hitmen on Manton Close in Higher Broughton last night.
The incident happened at around 11pm and is thought to be part of an ongoing turf war between two rival gangs over the supply of drugs in the area as well as other grievances.
There was gunshot damage to a taxi but the owner is not said to be the target and the vehicle just happened to be in the direction that shots were fired.
Several roads were closed with police cordons in the area and there remains a large police presence at the scene, additionally police have stepped up patrols around the area.
Last week police made an arrest linked to the continued gang related violence in the area which is currently subject to a section 60 order allowing officers to stop and search people.
Forensics officers have been collecting evidence from the scene
Police have said that there have been no arrests made and investigations are ongoing.
A GMP Spokesperson said: