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  1. At around 9:30am this morning (Saturday 20 July 2019), two men armed with machetes gained entry to a flat on Fernclough Road after following a man inside and attacking him. Leaving the victim on the floor with defensive wounds to his forearms and hands, the offenders then began their search of the property, looking for any valuables which they could steal. Not content with the cash, keys and phone which they had taken from the victim, the two men continued their search and came across a litter of five-week-old staff cross puppies and their mother, Zena. Showing no regard for the safety of the puppies, the two offenders started picking them up and shoving them in carrier bags. When Zena tried to bravely defend her pups, she was hit in the head with a machete by one of the men, causing a deep laceration. The offenders then fled the scene. Both of them are described as black, skinny build, believed to be in their 20s and were wearing dark clothing with the hoods up. One of the men is believed to be around 6ft 3in – 6ft 4in tall and was wearing a grey and black camouflage face covering. His accomplice was slightly shorter and wearing a plain black face covering. Detective Constable Nick Kershaw, of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 3985, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  2. Sonnie Carter (19/04/2000) of Ennerdale Road, Stretford has been charged with Section 18 assault, possession of an offensive weapon and theft of a pedal cycle. He appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court yesterday, where he was bailed to appear at Manchester Crown Court on 16 August 2019. The 17-year-old boy who was stabbed has since been released from hospital. A boy aged 13, two men aged 21 and 28 and a woman, aged 22, who were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder have been released under investigation. The charges relate to an incident where officers were called to School Road, Stretford shortly before 1.50pm on Wednesday 17 July 2019 to a report that a boy had been stabbed.
  3. Officers want to speak to three men highlighted in the footage following the attack, which occurred on Richmond Street at around 3.30am on Saturday 13 July 2019. During the assault, a man punched 18-year-old Gabrielle Walsh unconsious. The victim was on a night out with friend when they attacked. She was left requiring hospital treatment for an injury to her eye after telling a man who was following her that she was not interested in him. The offender was accompanied by two other men, who went on to attack 18-year-old Kyle McKeown who she had been out with. Senior Investigating Officer, Constable Ben Lomax of GMP’s City Centre Division said: Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 3221 quoting incident 2513 of 14/07/19. Information can also be passed anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  4. Darrell James Hewitt (02/06/1994), of no fixed address, . He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday 14 August 2019 having been charged this afternoon with the possession of a firearm. Shortly after 2pm on Thursday 11 July 2019, officers were called to reports of shots fired close to a Primary School on Liverpool Street. A 17-year-old boy and two men, aged 18 and 22, were previously arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. They have been bailed pending further enquiries. Later, a 15-year-old boy and 37-year-old man were also arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. They have also been bailed pending further enquiries.
  5. Malachy Ward (16/11/1990) was released from prison in June 2019 after being jailed for four years and four months for burglary. He was released early from prison and remains on licence until 2020. He has now breached the conditions of his licence and the licence has been revoked. Ward is known to have links to the Salford area of Greater Manchester, as well as Northern Ireland. Anybody with information regarding the whereabouts of Ward should contact the police on 0161 856 5238 independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  6. The driver failed to stop for officers and drove off at speed. A stinger was deployed to reduce the risk of a high speed pursuit and bring the vehicle to a safe stop. The tyres were successfully deflated on Ashton Old Road, but the driver still attempted to drive off at speed. While the car was driving across the junction on Lees Street, Openshaw, it collided with a second car where the driver of the Golf lost control and hit a brick wall, resulting in the car landing on its roof. The driver and passenger of the second car were not injured but were badly shaken from the ordeal. The driver of the Golf, a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and dangerous driving. Both the man and passenger in the Golf suffered minor injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  7. A gand who hid drugs amongst kitchen equipment and vegetables in lorries arriving to the UK through Dover have been jailed today The drugs were transported via fake businesses and lockups located in Manchester, Bolton and Warrington. They even dug a secret underground bunker formed of buried storage containers on a farm in North Wales to grow cannabis within. Between July 2017 and November 2017 seven deliveries of cannabis were imported to the UK via Spain through Port of Dover. Drugs were concealed in packages labelled as oven filters. They purported to be destined for a kitchen firm But the business didn’t exist and the address associated with it actually referred to a yard containing lock-up units behind a convenience store on Newton Road, Lowton, Warrington. Between September 2017 and August 2018 six further deliveries arrived through Dover with drugs concealed in pallets of lettuce and peppers. This tranche was destined for a cold storage company in North Manchester. Officers stopped the sixth delivery in Dover on 12 August 2018 and uncovered 177kg of cannabis with a street value of more than £1.5 million. Police raided a unit at the site in Lowton which was owned by Tony Cadman. Further investigations linked the unit to Michael Lawler, Wesley Kinsella and a second lock-up at Hartford Works, Western Street, Bolton. Police executed a warrant at the lockup and found a stolen Mercedes which contained £20,000 worth of cannabis. This recovery led police to Lee James Jackson and Scott Byrne. Meanwhile, enquiries at legitimate storage companies found consignments were destined for onward delivery to ‘Bog Farm’ in North Wales. Police raided the farm and a concealed underground bunker designed to grow cannabis. Police arrested Michael Harley, who was living in a caravan on the farm, as well as Michael Moore, who was living in the farmhouse. Harley admitted that the underground bunker was built at the farm three years previously but that production there ceased shortly afterwards as it was too wet to grow cannabis. Drugs imported using the concealment in the cooker filters to the lock up in Lowton totalled £6,600,000. Drugs imported using the concealment in vegetable pallets North Manchester totalled £8,850,000. The total value of drugs believed to have been imported by the organised crime group if sold on the street is £15,450,000. Detective Sergeant Richard Castley of GMP’s Serious Organised Crime Group investigating team said: Today (Friday 19 July 2019) at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square the following were sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy. Scott Byrne (03/01/1987) of Sandlewood, Westhoughton was found guilty of importing cannabis and sentenced to 13 years in prison. Michael Lawlor (09/05/1970) of Lewisham House, Kenton Close, Bolton was found guilty of importing cannabis and sentenced to nine years in prison. Tony Cadman (11/09/1986) of Alder Avenue, Widnes was found guilty of importing cannabis and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Wesley Kinsella (30/09/1987) of Heatherfield, Bolton pleaded guilty to importing cannabis and was sentenced to nine years in prison. Lee Jackson (08/01/1981) of Bradmoor Road, Wirral, pleaded guilty to importing cannabis and was sentenced to nine years and four months in prison. Michael Moore (05/10/1988) of Bog Farm, Eryrys, Mold pleaded guilty to production of cannabis on an industrial scale and was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison. Michael Harley (29/04/1984) of Bog Farm, Eryrys, Mold pleaded guilty to production of cannabis on an industrial scale and was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison.
  8. GM Metro May, Andy Burnham, has called for Manchester to have its own London like underground system in order to solve Greater Manchester's crippling congestion issues. Andy was speaking at the IPPR North event on the future of rail services when he made the suggestion that the City should follow in the example of London by developing an underground network which would join into the existing network above ground. With space at a premium in the City the logical solution would be to go underground, although the scheme could be very costly to the City and would need help with funding by central government. There are also logistical challenges in tunnelling beneath existing infrastructure which would greatly inflate the price of any project. This is not the first time there has been a call for an underground subway system in Manchester as plans were drawn up in the 70s for a two-mile long link line from Piccadilly to Victoria (Picc-Vic Line) which would have ran under the City. Work began in 1974, with excavation underneath the Manchester Arndale, although the £156 million scheme was quickly abandoned in 1977 after funding was unable to be found. The mayor suggests that a new line GMCrossRail could be linked into the HS2 and HS3 (Northern Power House) lines which are soon to cut through the region, he argued that rather than build them above ground, it should be built routed under the City to save on the need to take up valuable land. The first step towards improving transport across the City in our opinion would be to have a unified payment and capped travel cost system similar to London's Oyster Card. Metrolink has recently made a step towards this by allowing contactless payments on its tram network. If expanded across a unified local travel network it would help move people out of cars and onto public transport.
  9. On Wednesday 16 January 2019, 42-year-old Alison Hunt was brutally murdered in her own home by Vernon Holmes – a man she had previously been in a long-term relationship with. In a presentation of the facts of the case, the prosecution told the court how Holmes (11/04/71) of Caroline Street, Irlam, stabbed Alison repeatedly in the chest, back and neck 18 times before leaving her laying in a pool of blood in the hallway of her family home in Swinton as her daughter slept in her bed upstairs. Holmes then fled the scene, making off in his red Mini Cooper before disposing of the knife he used to kill Alison. Officers quickly traced the red Mini Cooper, which was parked outside Holmes’ address and he was subsequently arrested in the early hours of Thursday 17 January 2019. They used CCTV to track the movements of the Mini and DNA and blood from his victim were found present in his car. He maintained “no comment” to all questions put to him throughout police interview and continued to deny killing Alison throughout trial. However today (Friday 19 July 2019) a jury at Manchester Crown Court found him guilty of murdering Alison. Judge David Stockdale QC, described how Holmes had a history of controlling and jealous behaviour during his relationship with Miss Hunt. It is believed he took Alison's life in a jealous rage after learning she had engaged in a serious relationship with another man. His actions that evening left Alison's 16 year old daughter robbed of a loving mother. Holmes was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years in prison. Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe, of GMP’s Major Incident Support Unit, said:
  10. Salford City Council is considering using new throw line equipment to beat vandals putting lives at risk at Salford Quays. Council patrols regularly fish out and replace life rings which vandals throw into the water – despite warnings that the practice is putting lives at risk. Now the council says enough is enough and is recommending spending £33,000 on a new system promoted by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. The decision will be taken by the council’s procurement board next week (July 24.) Under the new system, rescuers will need to call 999 to get a code to unlock a vandal-proof box to reach the throw line inside. Each unit has a unique code which means the emergency services can pinpoint the exact location of the emergency to attend and assist. There will also be a board with instructions on its use. Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said the decision to replace traditional life rings was not an easy one to make. The move is part of a series of measures to crack down on anti-social behaviour at the Quays this summer. Extra CCTV cameras monitoring the Quays have already been added to Salford City Council’s control room, which operates 24/7 and is linked directly to Greater Manchester Police to report incidents and help identify offenders. And on Wednesday July 31 there’s a free, fun event outside the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre to help people learn how to stay safe around the waters of the Quays this summer. Called Make a Safe Splash at Salford Quays, it runs from 1pm to 3pm and will include free safe swimming, watersports (charges apply), the climbing wall, fire engine and crew, police car and officers and information about more summer holiday activities. It is being run by Salford City Council, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue, Greater Manchester Police and the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre. Photo: Similar equipment already in use at Hollingworth Lake, Rochdale
  11. Noel Steadman (18/03/1973), of no fixed address, was sentenced yesterday (Thursday 18 July 2019) at Manchester Crown Court Crown Square to 22 months in prison after pleading guilty to theft. He has also been given a four month prison sentence for vehicle interference. The two sentences will run concurrently. On 21 March 2019, Steadman’s victim, a 39-year-old woman, was walking out of an office building on Nicholas Street, when she fell to the ground and began suffering a seizure. Immediately after spotting her struggling on the ground, Steadman and another man – who remains unidentified - rushed over to her. It was at this point that Steadman began rooting through the woman’s pockets and stole her iPhone 6 Plus. After being disturbed by a passer-by and spotting an ambulance arriving at the scene, Steadman and his accomplice fled the area. An investigation was launched by GMP’s Operation Valiant team – a specialist unit dedicated to tackling personal robberies in the city centre – and further enquiries identified Steadman as the offender seen on CCTV stealing the victim’s phone. Chief Inspector Cherie Buttle, of GMP’s City Centre team, said:
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