#AceNewsReport – July.13: Greater Manchester prides itself on being made up from a number of diverse communities and hate crime in any form is completely unacceptable and not welcome here in our city.
#AceDailyNews reports that GMP Officers are investigating after a mural in Withington has been vandalised and they are working alongside ‘Manchester City Council’ and the artist to ensure this graffiti is removed and the mural is repaired as soon as possible so far no arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing ……
Chief Superintendent Paul Savill, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “This is disgraceful behaviour and will absolutely not be tolerated: GMP takes crimes of this nature very seriously and an investigation has been launched. If anyone has any information that could help us to identify this offender please do not hesitate to speak to police.”
Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 4973 quoting incident number 453 of 12/7/2021 – or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – June.11: A 17 year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with affray. He will appear at Manchester City Magistrates on 23 June 2021:
GM Police: UPDATE: A second teenager has been charged following a stabbing at Victoria tram stop, after officers were called to Victoria tram stop at around 9.10pm last week to reports of an assault, where a victim was subsequently found with stab wounds, he was later taken to hospital and has since been discharged.
A 16-year-old, who also cannot be identified for legal reasons, was charged last Friday (4 June 2021) with S18 wounding and possession of an offensive weapon. He appeared at Manchester City Magistrates the same day and has been remanded until 9 July.
A third male has been recalled to prison.
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4409, quoting incident number 3062 of 02/05/2021 or via our LiveChat and reporting functions at www.gmp.police.uk.
Alternatively, reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – May.02: These which have become an increasingly concerning issue within the Greater Manchester area, with the force seeing a significant increase in thefts since the start of the year.
Greater Manchester Police tackles catalytic converter theft during week of action: ‘The National Catalytic Converter Theft Week of Action, otherwise known as ‘Operation Gold Iron’ has seen officers out in force between Monday 19 April and Sunday 25 April 2021, targeting offenders and carrying out crime prevention work’
During the week, officers visited 27 vehicle dismantling businesses, eight catalytic converter buyers, seven recycling centres and five mobile catalytic converter collectors. 13 stolen catalytic converters as well as 39 stolen vehicles were subsequently recovered from across the force area: As part of the activity, Jason Mongon (02/01/1994) and Michael Casey (28/06/2001) both of no fixed abode, were arrested and later charged with conspiracy to handle stolen goods linked to a large spate of offences which took place on the evening of the 6 April 2021. They are both currently remanded in custody awaiting a trial date.
Chief Inspector Shan Nasim, who is the force and national metal theft lead said: “ This week of action has ended with some fantastic results for the force and for the communities of Greater Manchester. We as a force are determined to put a stop to this type of crime and even though the week of action has ended, the work to tackle this issue very much continues and I would like to reassure the public that offenders will be found and brought to justice: “ Growing metal prices has contributed to the increase in the theft of catalytic converters which is generally committed by Organised Crime Groups. We are finding that groups are travelling between areas within Greater Manchester and will hit one area at a time, targeting a large number of vehicles and then move onto somewhere else. On some occasions nearly 20 vehicles have been targeted in the same area during a short period: “ Those involved in these offences will usually use the same vehicle to travel around to commit the offences. The information surrounding who is involved with stealing and illegally processing the catalytic converters sits within our communities and so I would encourage anyone that has any information to contact us: “ Being a victim of this type of crime can be devastating and costly, which is why our officers have also been out giving prevention advice to those in our communities who may be at risk: “ We would advise anyone concerned about metal theft to get in touch with us, so we can offer advice to you.”