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  1. A missing woman was saved from certain death by drowning when hero GMP officers waded into freezing water to pull her to safety. At around midday on Monday 1 March 2021, police were called to Eagley Brook in Bolton, due to reports of a concern for welfare for a woman. Officers attended and found a woman, who had previously been reported missing a couple of days before, was submerged in water, stuck in deep mud. Two officers – PC Golding and PC Burrows immediately went to the woman’s rescue, negotiating a deep embankment in order to reach her. Two other officers at the scene – PC Rourke, PC Ashcroft and PC Atkinson, got into position at the edge of the embankment and helped lift the woman out of the cold water and onto the bank where she could receive first aid from North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) paramedics. Because of the remote location, colleagues from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue (GMFRS) helped paramedics to get the woman out of the woodland, where she was then taken to hospital to receive treatment. All of the officers involved recently received a divisional commander’s ‘good work minute’ for their handling of the incident. Superintendent Steph Parker, GMP’s divisional commander for Bolton, said:
  2. Police had sadly confirmed the death of a man who ran into difficulties at Erie Basin on Salford Quays. At about 4.40pm today (Sunday 18 July), officers were called over concerns for a man in the water at Salford Quays. NWAS and GMFRS also attended but, sadly, the body of a 19-year-old man was recovered from the water at about 7.40pm. An investigation is under way and a file passed to the coroner. Detective Inspector Helen Bagnall, of GMP's Trafford district, said:
  3. Last week, Greater Manchester Police joined other forces up and down the country as part of National Week of Action to help tackle County Lines – when organised crime gangs exploit children and vulnerable people, forcing them to move or store drugs, drugs money and weapons through cohesion, control and intimidation. The criminal gangs will use a dedicated phone line to organise the movement and sale of the drugs, which can be in one area, or across different parts of the UK. In the week alone, teams from GMP executed 15 warrants, made 14 arrests and seized over £7,000 worth of Class A Drugs, and 3.5kg Class B Drugs. In addition to targeting those behind these crimes, three victims were identified, and 26 safeguarding referrals were submitted for those at risk of being exploited, aged between 2 and 46. Detective Inspector Julie Adams from GMP's Public Protection Serious Crime Division: Bev Hughes, Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, added: You could be the difference for a victim, and we all have a responsibility to protect young and vulnerable members of our communities, so it is important we all know what to look out for. Signs of criminal exploitation and county lines include: · Unexplained gifts and cash · Drug paraphernalia · More than one phone (often known as a graft phone) · Lots of travel tickets such as bus and train tickets · New friendship groups · Increased missing from home episodes · Secretive or withdrawn from family and/or friends · Lying- unable to retell a story without confusion or holes in the story · Receiving excessive calls or messages from ‘new friends’ · Getting picked up or dropped off by unknown If you have any concerns, please visit our website to access the LiveChat or online reporting facility, or by dialling 101. Alternatively, you can make an anonymous report to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via https://crimestoppers-uk.org/
  4. A murder investigation has been launched after a stabbing in Salford last night which left one teenage boy dead and another with stab wounds to his arm. Police were called shortly after 8.15pm on Wednesday 21 April to a report of a stabbing on Peveril Road, Salford. A 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital with a stab wound to the chest and sadly died from his injuries despite the best efforts of emergency services. A short time later, police were called to a second address on Stowell Street after receiving reports that a second 17-year-old boy had suffered stab wounds to his arm. The 17-year-old had already left the scene, and gone to hospital for treatment. Officers attended, and he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody and enquiries are on-going. Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Wilkinson, of GMP's Major Incident Team, said: Chandos Grove is currently closed towards the junction with Pevril Road this morning as police conduct searches of the area, diversions are in place along Dodd Street. Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident 2921 of 21/04/2021. Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  5. DCI Rick Thompson discusses the work of Operation Naseby so far: Operation Naseby a year on: Salford disruption activity sees shootings down, targets behind bars, and significant seizures of drugs, weapons and cars in its first year Firearms discharges have almost halved in Salford after GMP's dedicated operation to tackle organised crime in the city has seen the seizure of scores of weapons, drugs, and cars, as well as 180 arrests since its formation a year ago. The Operation Naseby disruption hub was introduced in April 2020 after a total of 25 firearms discharges, mostly involving a series of violent incidents between two rival criminal groups, in the space of 12 months in Salford. Over 30 officers - including detectives, complex safeguarding officers, neighbourhood patrols, and pursuit-trained officers - were tasked with proactively targeting and tackling offenders suspected of being involved in organised crime. Since its inception, the team has supported 179 arrests, 180 vehicle seizures, recovered over £500,000's worth of drugs, and searched over 75 houses. Weapons recovered have included a shotgun, two loaded crossbows, a number of machetes and dozens of other knives and bladed articles. Due to a backlog of court cases due to the pandemic, a further 42 cases are currently waiting to be heard. Twenty people have been recalled to prison, and numerous other offenders have been convicted of a range of drug, driving, and firearms offences, including several targets from the outset of the operation. This includes Jamie Swindells, 22, of Hereford Road, Eccles, who was convicted in September 2020 of possession of a bladed weapon, and possession with intent to supply crack cocaine after he was stopped in a vehicle and searched by officers. Swindells was believed to be involved in the dispute in the Kersal and Lower Broughton area in April 2020, which was one of the catalysts that prompted the hub's launch. He is now serving a five-and-a-half year sentence. Last week, Olatunde Kuberofsky, 23, from Salford, was jailed for over two-and-a-half years for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine, heroin and cocaine, and assault of an emergency worker, following a vehicle stop in Seedley. Kuberofsky tried to run away from the vehicle and physically assaulted an officer prior to being detained; subsequent searches found he was in possession of large quantities of Class A drugs and money. Yesterday (Tuesday 20 April), Tony Partington, 30, of Southgarth Road, and Spencer Candland, 36, of Langworthy Road, were jailed after they were found to have over £150,000's worth of cannabis in their car boot and at Partingon's address when stopped by officers in Langworthy in February 2020. They have each been sentenced to two-and-a-half years. Resources from GMP's Serious and Organised Crime Group, and Specialist Operations Unit have also been used to assist with the disruption hub's work. The team have worked with local agencies across Salford to safeguard vulnerable adults and children, and have continued collaboration with Salford City Council with Project Gulf - an initiative focused on diverting young people away from crime. Detective Chief Inspector Rick Thompson, head of proactive Salford CID, said: Anyone with information or concerns should contact police online via LiveChat or via 101. Always call 999 in an emergency. Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  6. Police were called after reports that a woman had fallen over the barrier of the M60 motorway bridge on Manchester Road near to Clifton during the early hours of Monday morning (19th April). The women has been taken to hospital via ambulance and at present the extent of her injuries is unknown. Both sides of the motorway were temporarily closed, causing long delays whilst emergency services dealt with the situation. The carriageways have since been reopened. A Police Spokesperson said:
  7. Last week step one of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions took place on Monday 8 March, which included the reopening of schools and two people from different households being able to meet outdoors. This slight change in the restrictions does not mean we are out of lockdown and all other Government led regulations still apply, including meeting people in large groups. Over the weekend GMP has issued 135 fixed penalty notices with many being issued to people meeting up indoors or meeting in groups of 15 or more people. Many calls are made in to the police from the public with reports of breaches and we will respond to them due to the ongoing lockdown rules and to support the NHS in their fight against this virus. We have also had to issue a number of fines to people who have travelled to Manchester Airport to wave a friend or relative off. Under the current regulations this is not allowed as having more people in the terminal is risking the health of others. Superintendent Chris Downey said: Number of FPNs given Indoor gathering of two or more people - 90 Public of more than two people - 14 Airport - 3 House party of over 15 people - 23 Failure to self-isolate after international travel - 2 Out of place of home without a valid reason - 3
  8. Greater Manchester Police's Traffic Unit have made an arrest after they spotted a silver Mercedes vehicle being driven erratically in on Liverpool Road in Eccles. The occupant was asked to pull over after police from E-Relief became concerned over the persons manner of driving and the general condition of the vehicle. The passenger side front tyre of the vehicle was flat and badly damaged. Upon pulling over the occupant was asked to undertake a roadside drug wipe test which indicated positive for Cannabis. An arrest was made for the offence and the person was taken into police custody, police say that charges relating to driving an unroadworthy vehicle are likely also. Last year pockets of the country saw a significant rise in drug driving offences, despite traffic reductions of up to 80% due to the coronavirus pandemic and the effects of lockdown. Photo: GMP
  9. Greater Manchester Police has appointed two additional Chief Superintendents as part of a local policing restructure Superintendents Andy Sidebotham and Rachael Harrison were appointed on Friday 26 February 2021 following an interview process and started in their new post the following Monday (1 March 2021). Temporary Chief Superintendent Sidebotham, who most recently served as GMP's Silver Commander for the force's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will take responsibility for GMP's South Command Area (Stockport and Trafford). T/Chief Superintendent Harrison will assume responsibility for the East Command Area (Oldham and Tameside) having most recently served as superintendent for GMP's Salford District. The appointments come following a restructure of GMP's Local Policing Model that sees the force move from four command areas to six. This reduces the span of command of the chief superintendents in local policing, allowing them to work more effectively with our partners and deliver more effective victim-centred policing. The remaining districts will be geographically set up as follows: City of Manchester will remain the same Command Area and continue to be overseen by Chief Superintendent Paul Savill. Salford District will now become its own respective Command Area and continue to be overseen by Chief Superintendent Shaun Donnellan. North Command Area will consist of GMP's Bury and Rochdale Districts, and be overseen by Chief Superintendent Chris Allsop. West Command Area will consist of GMP's Bolton and Wigan Districts, and be overseen by Chief Superintendent Stuart Ellison. Acting Chief Constable Ian Pilling said: Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice, Bev Hughes, said:
  10. At around 2.50pm on Monday 28 December 2020, police were called by paramedics responding to a report of two injured males in Buile Hill Park off Eccles Old Road. Officers attended and established that three males, aged 18, 17 and 14, had been assaulted. They were taken to hospital and are expected to make a full recovery. Police have now launched an investigation and are appealing to members of the public who may have witnessed the incident to get in touch. DS Roger Jones, of GMP's Salford district, said: Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 2079 quoting 1474 28/12/20 or the independent charity - Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  11. Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace family of a man from Salford who sadly passed away in Friday. Stanley Pritchard (23/04/1947) died at his home address on Openshaw Court, Salford on 27 November 2020. Police say that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and are asking that anyone with information about Stanley's next of kin to please contact the Police Coroner’s Office in Bolton on 0161 856 4687.
  12. Greater Manchester Police chief constable has issued a statement after anti-lockdown protest marches and a gathering in Piccadilly Gardens took place in Manchester City Centre earlier today.
  13. A 15-year-old was tasered after assaulting two officers at around 11:55am yesterday morning (Tuesday 6th October). Police responded after observing a public order offence on Cobden Street in Pendleton whilst out on a routine patrol. The youth was challenged but allegedly assaulted two officers before snatching a piece of police equipment from their person. At which point one of the officers deployed a taser to maintain the safety of all involved which struck him and left him writhing on the floor until they could properly detain him. The youngster was detained and taken to Salford Royal Hospital under guard as a precaution. Police say that he was detained under normal procedure. A GMP press statement reads:
  14. Two Swinton men who were caught with drugs worth more than £40k have been jailed for over eight years. Andrew Pierce (15/11/1962), of Buchannan Street, Swinton, and Ernie Wilkes (07/04/1987), of Leinster Road, Swinton, were jailed yesterday (28 September 2020) at Manchester Crown Court. The court heard that officers executed a warrant at Pierce's home address just after 7am on Wednesday 19 February 2020. Following a search, a bag of white powder was found underneath a mattress and MDMA was found in a vacuum-sealed bag weighing almost half a kilo in the back cavity of a sofa - drugs with a street value of just over £42,000. A total of £27,030 in cash was also found in the address along with drugs debtor's lists, paraphernalia and digital scales. Wilkes was staying with Pierce at his address at the time. Wilkes was jailed for six years and six months after pleading guilty to possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and Peirce was jailed for two years and three months after pleading guilty to allowing his premises to be used in the supply of drugs. Detective Constable David Moran, from GMP's Serious Crime Division, said:
  15. Police were called to the scene of a reported stabbing after a disturbance at a property on Manchester Road West in Little Hulton at around 9pm last night (Monday 28th September). It is said that the victim received injuries whilst allegedly defending a family member during an altercation at the premises. Police cordoned off a number of houses in the vicinity whilst the incident was dealt with but the cordon has since been removed. (North West Ambulance Service) NWAS said that a person had been taken to hospital for treatment but declined to give any further details due to it being a police incident. GMP have been approached for comment.
  16. GMP's volunteer group – the Scambusters, have made over 1,500 calls since the start of the pandemic to vulnerable members of the community to help stop them falling victim to fraud. In 2017, GMP's Economic Crime Hub launched its Cyber and Economic Awareness Service (CECAS) which is dedicated to providing prevention and awareness information to the public and safeguarding victims. Part of this service is made up of a team called the Scambusters, a group of 16 mainly older and retired volunteers who aim to help stop elderly members of the community falling victim to fraud such as telephone scams, online scams and doorstep crime. The volunteers offer peer-to-peer support to those who have been a victim of fraud by giving practical help and advice to prevent them falling victim again. Last year, the Scambusters made calls to over 600 vulnerable members of the community and attended over 40 community events promoting prevention advice. When the COVID-19 virus spread to the UK and the government began introducing restrictions asking people to stay at home where possible, five of the volunteer Scambusters continued their important work by carrying out their duties from home. As fraudsters used the time of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic to exploit innocent members of the public out of their hard earned money, the work the Scambusters do was vital in ensuring that vulnerable members of the community could spot possible scams and protect themselves. Throughout the pandemic, fraudsters have used COVID as a cover story to trick their victims. Scams have ranged from phishing emails which falsely promised the victim a free supermarket shop if they clicked on the link in the email – the link would then lead the victim to a fake site, to enter their personal and financial information, to offenders posing as people from the NHS Test and Trace service to trick victims into handing over personal details. The Scambusters have volunteered a total of over 400 hours since March 2020, attending online training and contacting potential victims via telephone to give them up-to-date fraud information and support them if they feel they have be contacted with a scam. Les Allmark, one of the volunteer Scambusters, said:
  17. Police were called to disperse a large crowd of people who had gathered outside of the Mayo building at Salford Royal Hospital at around 1pm this afternoon (Thursday 24th September), after staff at the hospital raised the alert. It has not been disclosed as to the purpose of the gathering but staff reportedly closed entrances to buildings to restrict their access. Reportedly there were up to 200 people gathered outside of the building at one point. Gatherings of this size are forbidden as they contravene social distancing rules set out by the Government. A number of police vehicles were called to the scene to deal with the crowds which have since dispersed. GMP have released a statement which says: So far the hospital which is currently under reduced access due to the covid-19 pandemic restrictions has not released a statement.
  18. Officers from GMP's Safer Transport Team have been out in force across this week focusing on speeding and driving offences. In just one day (Wednesday 16 September) over 40 people were reported for speeding with the highest being 56mph in a 30mph zone. Safety checks were also made as part of Project EDWARD (Every Day Without A Road Death) in an effort to improve road safety in Greater Manchester. Officers also seized 5 vehicles (3 for no insurance, 1 for no licence and 1 for no MOT) and processed traffic offence reports including: 14 for using a mobile phone whilst driving 25 for not wearing a seatbelt 10 for issues with their number plate 5 for defective tyres 9 for illegal window tints Chief Inspector Gareth Firth from GMP's Safer Transport Team said: Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Bev Hughes said: ”GMFRS’ Head of Prevention, Area Manager Paul Duggan, said:
  19. 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.
  20. Despite Greater Manchester reporting growing numbers of COVID cases, Greater Manchester Police recorded 320 illegal gatherings over the weekend and officers issued 24 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN). Incidents which resulted in FPNs include the third illegal gathering at a property in North Manchester, an illegal gathering of more than 40 people at a property in Stockport, and an illegal gathering of 60-70 people in Tameside. Officers also issued a closure notice at a property in Trafford after receiving multiple reports of an illegal gathering and associated antisocial behaviour. This is in advance of the new national restrictions for England to reduce the spread of Covid-19 which came into place this week. People across England must no longer meet people from other households, socially, in groups of more than six. This applies indoors and outdoors, including in homes and gardens. There are a limited number of exemptions. The new national restrictions, however, do not supersede the varying local restrictions in place in all Greater Manchester boroughs (except Stockport and Wigan). Bolton now has the highest case rate in the country and in response to this, the Government also announced new local restrictions for Bolton which can be found on the Government's website. GMP are urging the people of Greater Manchester to abide by these restrictions in order to prevent the stop of the virus, and report any breaches by using the online reporting tool here: https://www.gmp.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/c19/tell-us-about-possible-breach-coronavirus-measures/ GMP Assistant Chief Constable, Nick Bailey said: Restrictions by borough City of Manchester, Bury, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside and Trafford In addition to the new national restrictions, local restrictions still apply in the City of Manchester, Bury, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside and Trafford: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/north-west-of-england-local-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do Bolton Bolton currently has the highest case rate in the country - 192 cases per 100,000. As a result, in addition to the new national restrictions, the Government has announced additional local restrictions: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/bolton-local-restrictions Oldham In addition to the new national restrictions, additional local restrictions still apply in Oldham: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/blackburn-with-darwen-oldham-pendle-local-restrictions Stockport and Wigan Local restrictions no longer apply in Stockport and Wigan. However, the new national restrictions still apply.
  21. Two Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers helped save the life of a member of the public when he suffered a heart attack at the wheel of his HGV on the motorway and collided with the central reservation. Whilst on shift travelling along the M60, PC Chris Pixton and PC Patrick Geoghegan-Shaw, came across Shane Sharkey who moments earlier had suffered a Cardiac Arrest at the wheel, meaning he lost control of his HGV and collided with the concrete central reservation, causing extensive damage to the vehicle and resulting in its contents being emptied across both carriageways. Without hesitation, the two officers stopped and ran over to the collision. PC Pixton pulled Mr Sharkey, who was unresponsive, out if the HGV which was now smoking. PC Pixton, alongside a member of the public with first aid training who bravely came to assist, tried to revive Mr Sharkey using the de-fib in the officers possession and performed CPR for at least 10 minutes. PC Geoghegan-Shaw helped give first aid to the victim, as well as collating witness details on the incident, until the ambulance service arrived to take over medical care. Mr Starkey was taken to Salford Royal Hospital in a critical condition however; he is now making a steady recovery. A third GMP officer, PC Nicola Greenhalgh, part of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU), attended the hospital to get updates on the victim and whilst there, supported the victim’s partner who due to COVID-19 had to attend the hospital alone. Superintendent Richard Timson, GMP’s South Manchester District Commander, said: PC Chris Pixton, said:
  22. Since Wednesday 22 July GMP officers have received 263 quarantine requests from Border Force regarding individuals who are not responding to self-isolation requirements. A self-isolation period of 14 days is a requirement of anyone arriving back to the UK after international travel, with the exception of certain countries. Those that are required to self-isolate may be contacted by Border Force to check they are following the regulations. If there is no response after a number of attempts of trying to make contact, the details of the individual will be referred to the police. Officers at GMP will then visit the address of the individual and will police by the four E's of engaging, explaining, encouraging and, lastly, enforcing. To date GMP has visited 263 individuals and have issued two fixed penalty notices in relation to repeated breaching of the self-isolation regulations. Superintendent Andrew Sidebotham said:
  23. Police appeal for information after yesterdays collision on the M602 which left a 61-year-old man dead after his bmw hit a stationary highways vehicle on the hard shoulder At around 11.50am on Friday 17 January 2020, police were called to reports of a collision involving two vehicles on the M602 Eastbound in Salford which brought gridlock to local roads and saw the closure of the motorway for hours whilst emergency services dealt with the situation. The incident involved a 61-year-old man who was driving a blue BMW, sadly he died at the scene after colliding with a Highways Agency vehicle which was stationary on the hard shoulder. Two others were said to have been seriously injured in the crash and had to be taken to hospital, their condition is currently unknown. Police are now appealing for any members of the public who may have captured dash cam footage of the accident to come forward. So far police say that no arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing. Detective Constable Diana Dyer-Barron of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 8564741 quoting incident number 1101 of 17/01/2020, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111
  24. The ceremony was attended by Assistant Chief Constable of GMP Nick Bailey, the evenings officiating magistrate Stephen Paine, the Special Constabulary Chief Officer Mike Walmsley and Special Constabulary Inspector Phil Heyes, the Specials Trainer at GMP. The attestation marks the end of the recruits five month training programme and the start of their volunteer role, giving at least four hours a week of their free time to assisting GMP officers to help keep Greater Manchester safe. All special constables share the same powers as regular officers, including the power of arrest. Before being sworn in as a Special Constables and receiving their policing powers, officers make a declaration which is known as the Police Oath. Friends and family are invited to the attestation and it is a proud day for all involved. Volunteering as a Special can bring with it a wide range of benefits, and all new recruits have their own reason for joining. Lewis Lyons is currently studying for a degree in Policing and Criminal Investigation. He has joined as a Special to gain an insight into frontline policing and gain valuable experience to help towards achieving his long term goal of becoming a regular in the future. Lewis has been posted to Tameside. Ellie Bradley-Wilkinson has been posted to Bury where she began her career as a GMP apprentice in January 2018. She has joined the Special Constabulary so she can get a glimpse of life as a regular officer, with hopes to join as a student officer in the future. Ellie has already received a Branch Commanders commendation for her work in her current role. She hopes to build on her experience, gain new skills and develop her confidence. Anfas Akram currently works for GMP as an Operational Support Officer and feels this will give him an advantage whilst being out on patrol. Anfas is looking forward to helping make a difference to the local community to the experiences which he hopes will support him to become a regular officer one day. He is proud of how far he has come, and believes there’s something for everyone to achieve in their life. Nathan Fairhurst grew up in Bolton and is the eldest child of two long serving officers of GMP and Lancashire Constabulary. Nathan has decided to follow in his parents footsteps and he has been posted to the Bolton district as a Special Constable. GMP Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey said:
  25. Launched last weekend (2 September) the workshops are delivered by highly qualified traffic police officers from GMP’s Safer Roads Targeting Team and include an observed ride,interactive presentations, discussions and safety advice. The initiative aims to reduce the number of road traffic collisions involving motorbikes by further improving the skills, knowledge and hazard awareness of experienced riders. Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin from GMP’s Road Policing Unit said: Public engagement and operational enforcement continues to be a priority for GMP and a recent week of action saw officers from the road policing unit on patrol across Greater Manchester, advising both drivers and motorcyclists and targeting riders who behave in an anti-social manner which can often cause serious and fatal collisions. Chief Inspector Parkin continued... More information and details of how to book on a BikeSafe workshop can be found on the website: www.bikesafe.co.uk/greater-manchester Keep up-to-date with BikeSafe GMP by following @gmptraffic on Twitter and using the hashtag #bikeSafeGMP
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