(GRT MANCHESTER) JUST IN: GM Police Operation Codenamed Heamus: Police will be using ‘stop and search’ powers in Cheetham Hill on Thursday after spate of gang-feud shootings and the move follows six shootings and a machete fight in the area #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Jan.09: Police have authorised a ‘stop and search’ order in Cheetham Hill following a spate of gang-related shootings: It gives officers more powers to stop and search a person without suspicion: The Section 60 order is in force tonight (Thursday) and covers a large part of Cheetham Hill: It’s the latest step in police efforts to end a gang feud that has led to a number of shootings in the area since September: In the latest incident on Monday night, an 18-year-old was driven to North Manchester General Hospital with a serious gunshot wound MEN News Desk reports.

Officers have enforced stop and search powers in Cheetham Hill.

‘Officers have enforced stop and search powers in Cheetham Hill’

In response to a dedicated operation – codenamed Operation Heamus – police in Cheetham Hill have taken the decision to implement Section 60 powers under the 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act: This disruption tactic comes after what officers believe to be an ongoing dispute between two local crime groups and a most recent incident, whereby an 18-year-old was shot on Spender Avenue on Monday 6 January 2020.

Forensic officer examines interior of black Range Rover which was blasted in latest Cheetham Hill shooting (Image: Manchester Evening News)

He was shot on Spender Avenue in Cheetham Hill, suffering what police described as ‘potentially life-changing injuries’: A 19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the incident has since been released under investigation.

Supt Rebecca Boyce, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: The decision to implement the order ‘had not been taken lightly’: “Operation Heamus will remain very much ongoing and we will continue to work with a range of partners here in North Manchester to protect those people who are most vulnerable. I would also like to take this opportunity to plea with anyone who has information to please come forward and assist our enquiries as a matter of urgency: “We hope that the community support us with this decision and continue to report any suspicious activity.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 1146 quoting incident number 2867 of 06/01/2020, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Jan.09: 2020:

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