#AceNewsReport – Jan.19: Bogus callers will pretend to be visiting the victim’s home on official business, such as a salesperson, from a utility company or there to do work on their house. A recent incident in the Trafford area, saw the offender gain entry to an address under the guise of carrying out decorating at the property, after the victim had seen a recommendation for his services on social media, however while there, the offender took £3,000 worth of jewellery.
#AceDailyNews GM Police ALERT WARNING Report: Police are reminding people of simple steps they can take to protect themselves from these bogus callers:
Always lock your doors, even when you’re at home.
Ask for identification before letting anyone you don’t know into your house.
Check credentials, including a permanent business address and landline telephone number.
If you need work done to your home, get several written quotes from trustworthy or recommended firms, then decide who is right for you.
Detective Chief Inspector Joe Harrop, of GMP’s Economic and Cyber Crime Unit, said:
” Most people who call at your home will be genuine, however it’s important to remain vigilant and not feel pressured when answering the door to someone you don’t know, it’s also important when hiring tradespeople, to take recommendations from people you trust or get references from past customers.
“Remember – if in don’t, keep them out, and if you have any suspicious call the police on 101, make a report online at www.gmp.police.uk. Always call 99 in an emergency.”
#AceNewsReport – Jan.18: A man’s been charged with the attempted murder of a taxi driver in Bury: He’s due to appear at Manchester and Salford magistrate’s court on Monday 17 January 2022.
#AceDailyNews GM Police Report: Richard McCormack (10/08/1984) of Bell Lane, Bury has been arrested & charged with attempted murder, and has been remanded into custody.
A 24-year-old woman has also been arrested for assisting an offender, and has been released under investigation.
On Saturday 8 January 2022 at around 4:15am officers were called to The Rock in Bury to reports that a taxi driver had been threatened, and attacked with a knife.
Emergency services attended, and a 23-year-old man was taken to hospital with cuts to his body and serious facial injuries.
Police have arrested a man in connection with the attempted murder of a taxi driver in Bury.
On Saturday 8 January 2022 at around 4:15am officers were called to The Rock in Bury to reports that a taxi driver had been threatened, and attacked with a knife.
Emergency services attended, and a 23-year-old man was taken to hospital with cuts to his body and serious facial injuries.
A 37-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, and remains in custody for questioning.
Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Kay from GMP’s Bury District said: “This was a vicious, unprovoked attack that has had a devastating effect on the victim and his family.
“I hope this arrest sends a strong message that this kind of violent behaviour will not be tolerated, and has no place in our communities.
“While we have made an arrest, our investigation remains very much ongoing, and I would like to take this opportunity to ask the public if they saw anything, or have CCTV or DashCam footage of the area at the time, to please get in touch with police.
“You can do so via LiveChat on our website www.gmp.police.uk or call 101, quoting log number 507 of 08/01/2022. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111. Thank you.”
#AceNewsReport – Jan.17: Emergency services attended, and found a 21-year-old man with potentially life threatening injuries. He’s recovering in hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition: Investigating officers established details of an address in the Seymore Grove area of Trafford, where two teenagers were detained on suspicion of attempted murder: A 16-year-old man and a 17-year-old man remain in custody for questioning.
#AceDailyNews GM Police Report: Police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the stabbing of a man in Trafford yesterday (Saturday 15 January 2022) Officers were called to a business premises on Upper Chorlton Road in Trafford just after 10am this morning to reports that a man had been stabbed:
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Mannion from GMP’s Trafford District said:
” This was an horrendous attack in broad daylight, that left a man with serious injuries.
“Thanks to the excellent work of police officers, we have made two arrests, and I hope this sends a strong message to anyone engaging in violent crime, that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated in our communities.
“While we have made arrests, our investigation remains very much ongoing, and I would like to urge anyone with any information is being encouraged to contact police, you can do so via LiveChat on our website www.gmp.police.uk, or call 0161 856 7863/0161 856 7528 quoting log number 1061 of 15/01/2022. Thank you.”
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Jan.17: As part of the ongoing investigation into the attack that took place at a Synagogue in Texas on 15 January 2022, Officers from Counter Terror Policing North West have made two arrests.
#AceDailyNews GMP UPDATE REPORT: Counter Terrorism Policing North West following attack at a Synagogue in Texas Two teenagers were detained in South Manchester this evening. They remain in custody for questioning.
CTP North West and CTP International operations continues to assist the investigation being led by the US authorities, and police forces in the region are liaising with local communities to put in place any measures to provide further reassurance.
Statement from Counter Terrorism Policing North West following attack at a Synagogue in Texas
Assistant Chief Constable Dominic Scally for Counter Terror Policing North West said: “Firstly, our thoughts remain with everyone affected by the terrible events that took place in Texas on 15 January.
“We can confirm that the suspect, who is deceased, is 44 year old Malik Faisal Akram, originally from the Blackburn area of Lancashire.
“I can also confirm that Counter Terror Policing North West is assisting with the investigation being led by the US Authorities.
“Police forces in the region will continue to liaise with their local communities, including the Jewish community, and will put in place any necessary measures to provide reassurance to them.
“We continue to urge the public to report anything that might be linked to terrorism to police, by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 – your call could save lives.”
#AceNewsReport – Jan.16: The offender then left the address heading towards Harpurhey shopping centre.
#AceDailyNews GM Police Report: At around 11am on Sunday 9 January 2022, it was reported that an unknown male had gained access to an address in the Rochdale Road area of Harpurhey, where he proceeded to enter the bedroom of a teenage girl living at the address. He is then reported to have sexually assaulted her.
He is described as a black male, of a muscly build, with a beard and was wearing a black beanie style hat, a scarf, a ‘Nike’ trench coat, grey/blue coloured jeans, and white/light blue ‘Nike Jordan’ trainers.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Manchester North CID on 65049 or 65235 quoting log number 1072 of the 9th January 2022: Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Jan.16: Both have ben remanded into custody, and will appear at Stockport Magistrate’s Court today (Saturday 15 January 2022).
#AceDailyNews GM Police UPDATE Report: Joseph Nunn (10/02/1997) of Sandpiper Close has been charged with Robbery, and possession of an offensive weapon: Daniel Cooke (17/06/1993) of Egerton Grove, Walkden has been charged with Robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.
On Friday 14 January 2022, police were called just after 7:30am to reports that three men with knives had entered a business premises on the Portwood Trading Estate in Werneth, Stockport, and were threatening staff.
Officers attended, and detained two men at the scene. A third man made off in a vehicle.
Enquiries are ongoing into the incident, and anyone with any information or DashCam footage of the area, please contact police via LiveChat on our website www.gmp.police.uk, or call 101 quoting log number 534 of 14/01/2022. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Jan.13: Four men, aged between 27 and 42, and two women, aged 27 and 30, were arrested on suspicion of a range of offences, including money laundering, conspiracy to supply class A drugs and firearm offences.
#AceDailyNews GM Police Crackdown on organised criminals continues into 2022 Report: Op Goodwin forms one part of GMP’s strand of the National Crime Agency (NCA) led Operation Venetic.
At around 6am today, officers from GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Group (SOCG) executed five warrants at properties across Cadishead, Worsley and Whitefield.
Cash, cannabis and high value assets including jewellery and electronic devices were also seized during property searches.
They all remain in custody for questioning by detectives.
Today’s action formed part of Operation Goodwin; an investigation into an organised crime group involved in the large scale supply of class A drugs and firearms within Greater Manchester and the UK.
Launched in July 2020 by the NCA, Operation Venetic brought together nearly ever law enforcement agency across the UK, focusing on the takedown of ‘Encrochat’ – a sophisticated encrypted communications service – often used by organised criminal groups.
Since its inception GMP has launched multiple investigations into the activity of numerous organised criminal groups and this has seen 216 people arrested, with 170 of those charged with a range of drug, money and firearm offences.
Detectives have also been successful in seizing over £2million in cash, numerous high-value assets and multi-kilos of both class A and B drugs.
Detective Inspector, Justin Bryant of GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Group said: “Today’s action. arrests and seizures are yet another positive step forward in our continuing commitment to tackle the activity of organised criminal groups across Greater Manchester.
“The takedown of the encrypted Encrochat communication services has allowed us a deeper and more personal insight into the world that these people operate in and since 2020 we’ve been working tirelessly to decipher messages and identify all those involved in this activity.
“The mammoth operation has seen over 200 arrests made so far and I have no doubt that these figures will continue to rise throughout 2022 as we continue in our fight against this type of criminality, removing those involved from our streets. These individuals may feel untouchable, but I hope these figures clearly demonstrate that GMP, alongside the NCA and other law enforcement agencies, will ensure the law soon catches up with them.”
#AceNewsReport – Jan.08: Emergency services attended and the man was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The report at 8.40pm was approximately two hours after a report of another stabbing on Battenberg Road in Bolton where 25-year-old Tyrone Williamson was found and taken to hospital where he sadly died.
#AceDailyNews GM Police Report: Officers were called at around 8.40pm on Saturday 11 December 2021 to a report that a 41-year-old man had been stabbed on Lincoln Road, Bolton: Four men have also been charged with attempt murder in connection with the Lincoln Road incident.
Anthony Derek George, 41, of no fixed address, has been charged with the murder of Tyrone. He will appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court this morning (7 January 2022).
Roy Meanly (15/02/93), of Rowena Street, Farnworth, Nathan Carney-Williamson (06/09/1992) of Battenberg Road, Bolton, Jason Wilding (15/04/94), of Withington Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, and Adam Disa Green (13/08/2000), of no fixed abode, have all previously been charged with attempted murder.
They will next appear at Manchester Crown Court on 19 January.
#AceNewsReport – Jan.07: Detectives have released footage that shows the shocking assault, as we appeal for information
#AceDailyNews GM Police CCTV APPEAL UPDATE Report: In the footage, the victims – two women in their 50s and 30s – get out of their black Audi TTS Quattro and begin to walk away from it before two masked men approach and proceed to assault them on Tues.28: Dec: 2020: around 17:30hrs ….Can you help?
Detective Sergeant Peter Goddard, of GMP Tameside’s Serious Acquisitive Crime Team, said:
During the incident, the pregnant woman was thrown to the ground and had the keys to the car taken from her by the offenders who then made off in the Audi onto Hyde Road towards Hyde.
Anyone with information about the incident or the identity of the offenders involved are also asked to report to investigators – as even the slightest information could be crucial.
” We’re desperate to hear from anyone who may have information about this incident, which saw a pregnant woman shockingly thrown to the floor.
“It is clear that these offenders are cowardly and dangerous individuals who will try and prey on vulnerable people in the street regardless of their surroundings or the time of day and we are doing all we can to catch them.
“No arrests have yet been made but we are carrying out several lines of enquiry and hope that anyone who recognises these men – or who may have dash-cam footage of a vehicle matching the stolen Audi’s description – to get in touch with us on 0161 856 9372 quoting incident 2034 of 28/12/2021.
“Information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Jan.04: Dylan was sadly pronounced dead at the scene and an investigation is under way into the circumstances surrounding the death.
#AceDailyNews GM Police UPDATE Report: The five-year-old boy who died in Oldham on New Year’s Eve at around 6.20pm on Friday 31 December 2021, has been named as Dylan Scanlon
Officers we were called by the ambulance service responding to an incident at a property on Elm Road in the Limeside area and woman in her 30s has been detained under the Mental Health Act: The incident has been referred to GMP’s Professional Standards Branch and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
Detective Chief Inspector Alicia Smith, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said:
” Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time and they are being supported by specialist officers.
“An investigation by a dedicated team into Dylan’s death is ongoing and the family is being kept fully informed.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 3656 quoting 2284 31/12/21. Alternatively, the independent charity – Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Jan.03: A post-mortem will take place to determine the cause of death.
#AceDailyNews GM Police Report: Dylan Towers, 35, from Stockport, was found with stab wounds after police were called just after 6:30am on Friday 17 December 2021 to reports of an altercation on Foliage Crescent in Brinnington: Mr Towers was taken to hospital in a critical condition but sadly died from his injuries on 29 December.
Detective Chief Inspector Ben Cottam, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “
Liam Fosbrook (22/1/95) of Sheen Gardens, Wythenshawe, Manchester, has been charged with section 18 assault and will appear at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on 21 January 2022.
#AceNewsReport – Dec.30: They have been remanded into custody and are due to appear at Manchester Magistrates Court today (Tuesday 28 December 2021.)
#AceDailyNews GM Police UPDATE Report: Police were called just after 2:30pm yesterday (Monday 27 December) to reports from a security company monitoring CCTV that a group of men were attempting to steal mini diggers and plant equipment.
Officers attended, along with police dogs and the National Police Air Service. Following a search, four men were arrested on suspicion of burglary, and all plant machinery was recovered.
Dean GOODWIN, 19/05/1989, of Macdonald Avenue, Bolton has been charged with Burglary other than a dwelling with intent to steal.
Sean HARDMAN, 12/12/1994, of Parkfield Avenue, Bolton has been charged with Burglary other than a dwelling with intent to steal.
Arly TUDGE, 17/11/1999, of Macdonald Avenue, Bolton has been charged with Burglary other than a dwelling with intent to steal.
A fourth man also arrested in connection with this incident has been bailed pending further enquires.
#AceNewsReport – Dec.28: Since the introduction of the powers yesterday afternoon, two men have been arrested – one of whom is being held after a meat cleaver was found by officers who stopped a man on Bury New Road.
#AceDailyNews GM Police UPDATE Report: Officers have authorised the extension of stop and search powers in the Strangeways area of Manchester until the evening of Christmas Eve, after two arrests and weapons were seized in response to recent incidents of violent disorder: The section 60 powers under the 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act ran until 9pm on Friday 24 December
This will coincide with the end of a Dispersal Order that was introduced at 3pm on Thursday 23 December) and has allowed our officers to require people to leave the area in the event of anti-social behaviour, or face arrest if they refuse.
Police patrolling the area have also found and seized a metal pole that is understood to have been deliberately hidden inside a bin.
A second man has been taken to custody after we found he was wanted for failing to appear at court when accused of violent disorder and assault.
He was remanded in custody and appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court earlier today.
The disruption tactics were introduced following multiple incidents of violent disorder over the past couple of weeks including an incident on Wednesday (22 December) evening, which saw a man injured after reports of a group of men during a large-scale fight involving machetes back in November.
Following the incident, Agha Rahimi 28, of no fixed abode, was arrested and has since been charged with possession of a bladed article and two counts of possession with intent to supply class C drugs.
He also appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court today.
We will continue to have a visible presence in the area beyond the conclusion of tonight’s additional powers, and are keen to thank the public for the information they have given to us so far that we are acting on.
Superintendent Helen Critchley, of GMP’s City of Manchester North division, said:
” The threshold to implement a Section 60 power is high and bringing these powers into place is not a decision we take lightly, but we know after 24 hours of these specialist tactics being in place that it is having the desired impact.
“We have made two arrests and seized two offensive weapons from the streets, and we are satisfied that it is necessary for us to continue with this authority to prevent any further serious violence.
“This area is particularly busy in the lead up to Christmas and following incidents of serious violence in the vicinity we feel it absolutely necessary to implement to ensure our communities are kept safe.
“I would like to thank the public for their support since we introduced these powers and I appeal to them to continue coming forwards with information that is allowing us to take the necessary action to disrupt and dismantle those individuals that have been involved in bringing unacceptable disorder to our streets.”
Anyone with information can contact police online, if able, or via 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency: Details can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Dec.28: A total of 20 arrests were made throughout the day from 16 raids executed, starting at 6am and carried out in areas including Levenshulme and Wythenshawe in south Manchester, and Harpurhey and Moston in the north.
#AceDailyNews Operation AVRO: Greater Manchester Police’s forcewide initiative that sees a day of action carried out in a different district each month with extra resources deployed to target and arrest criminals:
INFOGRAPHIC: Below of AVRO Operation ….
Yesterday (23 December) action was focused on Manchester city centre and the surrounding areas working with partners in each area:
The arrests made were for offences including possession with intent to supply drugs, possessing illegal weapons, with swords and a machete being located in a raid in north Manchester, domestic violence, burglary and driving offences. One stolen vehicle was also recovered.
At Broom Lane, Levenshulme, cocaine worth around £2,000 was found along with weapons and ammunition. A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and possession of a prohibited article and released under investigation
At Lily Lane, Moston, a 24-year-old man was arrested was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and class B drugs and he was released under investigation. Officers seized cocaine and around £4,000 in cash.
At Waverley Road, Harpurhey, cannabis, nine phones and about £1,000 in cash was seized and a 22-year-old man was released under investigation after being arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs.
As well as the raids, officers also held events within the local communities, such as stalls set up in supermarkets offering crime prevention advice and free home and personal safety equipment as well as bike marking.
Officers also visited the homes of previous burglary victims throughout the day, offering further advice to them on keeping their homes safe and offering reassurance and GMPs mounted unit patrolled Withington’s robbery hotspots.
In the evening, officers moved to the city centre with high-visibility patrols in Piccadilly Gardens to reduce violent crime in the area and to keep Christmas shoppers and those out for the evening in the city centre safe.
Members of the press and partner agencies attended deployments to witness the surge activity for themselves.
Chief Constable Stephen Watson also attended raids in north Manchester, as well as briefings in the city centre.
Chief Superintendent Paul Savill, GMPs City of Manchester Commander, said:
” It’s important that our communities are seeing us target these offenders and that criminals know that we will be locking them up no matter what time of the year it is.
“We had some excellent results yesterday and the day showed some great examples of our officers working together with partner agencies to tackle priority issues in the district.
“Those within the City of Manchester may continue to see a heightened level of police activity while our officers conduct further enquiries and we thank you for your patience during this process.”
What is Operation AVRO?
Operation AVRO is a forcewide initiative that delivers a surge of extra resources and specialist officers to a different district within Greater Manchester each month.
The operation targets crimes that members of the public in that district have told us give them the most concern.
Members of the press and key partners, including local representatives, are invited to attend Operation AVRO deployments to see results first-hand and conduct important multi-agency work, such as welfare visits.
More details on AVRO can be found by visiting gmp.police.uk and following us on social media.
#AceNewsReport – Dec.21: Over £20,000 worth of drugs and over £6,000 of cash was seized alongside scales, snap bags and lighters: Seven men and one woman -aged between 19 and 35 – were arrested on suspicion of drug offences. Two men have since been charged and the others have been released under investigation.
#AceDailyNews GM Police UPDATE Report: Over £20,000 worth of drugs seized and eight people arrested in drugs warrants across the City Centre….
On Tuesday, on the way back from one of the warrants in Ancoats, officers were approached by a member of the public who reported a theft of a large delivery of goods to a City Centre bar by two men who subsequently fled in a car.
Officers located the vehicle believed to have been involved in this crime on Oxford Road and arrested two men aged 34 and 36 – on suspicion of theft. The men were also wanted in another force area on suspicion of robbery and have been further arrested.
The car was seized and the stolen items returned to their owner.
#AceNewsReport – Dec.21: Shortly after 3pm on Sunday 14 December 2021, officers were called to a report that a female had been assaulted on Sunnybank Vale, Droylsden, near to Greenside Lane.
#AceDailyNews GM Police UPDATE Report: Kevin Lee Martin (6/12/1983) of no fixed abode, has been charged with attempt rape. He has been remanded in custody to appear before Manchester Magistrates Court tomorrow (Monday 20 December).
Police attended and enquiries established that, at around 2.45pm, the female had been walking through a wooded area of Sunnybank Vale when she was assaulted by a man.
The young woman – who is in her late teens – fought back and the man subsequently fled the scene.
#AceNewsReport – Dec.17: The report at 8.40pm was approximately two hours after a report of another stabbing on Battenberg Road in Bolton where 25-year-old Tyrone Williamson was found and taken to hospital where he sadly died. A murder investigation is on-going.
#AceDailyNews GM Police UPDATE Report: Officers were called at around 8.40pm on Saturday to a report that a 41-year-old man had been stabbed on Lincoln Road, Bolton following a previous report of another stabbing earlier…
Jason Wilding (DOB 15/04/94), of Withington Road, Whalley Range, has been charged with attempt murder. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Wigan Magistrates’ Court this morning (15 December).
Emergency services attended and the victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries. He remains in a critical condition in hospital.
Detectives are continuing to piece together the events that happened that evening and are still keen to hear from anyone who may have any information.
#AceNewsReport – Dec.13: Shortly before 6.40pm yesterday, police were called to reports of a stabbing on Battenberg Road, Bolton: Emergency services attended and a male, aged 25, was taken to hospital where he sadly later died.
#AceDailyNews GM Police Report: Detectives launch a murder investigation following the fatal stabbing of a man in Bolton on Saturday evening that is believed maybe linked to another similar incident leaving a man with serious injuries ……
A man – age 41 – was taken to hospital with serious injuries. He remains in hospital in a stable condition and has since been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Officers were subsequently called at around 8.40pm yesterday to additional reports that a male had been stabbed near to Lincoln Road, Bolton.
A 27-year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of assault in relation to the stabbing on Lincoln Road. He remains in custody for questioning.
Both incidents are believed to be linked and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding yesterday’s events.
There is believed to be no wider risk to the public.
A 21-year-old female was also arrested in connection with the incident. She remains in police custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Dan Clegg, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said:
” This was a tragic incident where a young man has sadly lost his life. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.
“Officers remain at both scenes and cordons are in place while we continue to investigate and piece together what happened yesterday.
“We would strongly urge anyone with information – including dashcam or CCTV footage from the area at the time of the incident – to please contact us on 0161 856 7382.”
Information can also be reported by calling 101 or online at www.gmp.police.uk quoting log 2623 of 11/12/2021: Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Dec.07: Officers intercepted the van he was driving on 21 April 2020 on the A56 Chester Road in Manchester: They found blocks containing approximately two kilos of cocaine and £150,000 in cash hidden in a void in the floor of the vehicle.The drugs would have had a street value of almost £160,000 if cut and sold on the streets: NCA investigators later charged Grundy with possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and money laundering offences:
#AceDailyNews Court News Report: Cocaine and cash in van lands Barnsley man with 2 year 8 month sentence: After 50-year-old Darren Grundy from Birdwell in Barnsley was arrested during the height of the 2020 #Coronavirus lockdown, after information was passed by the NCA to Greater Manchester Police.
At Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday 3 November he pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison on Thursday 3 December: A confiscation hearing will be held in May 2022 for the £150,000 in cash and a house in Barnsley.
NCA Branch Commander Martin Clarke said:
“Organised crime groups rely on people like Grundy to move their product and money around. He was obviously trusted by his criminal contacts to do this with large amounts of both cash and drugs.
“Through swift working with our colleagues at Greater Manchester Police, we were able to seize both, and prevent profits being re-invested in further criminality.”
#AceNewsReport – Dec.04: The warrant is the tenth raid carried out by the local officers and partners and form part of GMP’s Operation’s Magpie and Cranium – which aim to tackle the illegal distribution of counterfeit items and tackle the supply of illicit prescription drugs. The earlier warrants took place in the Cheetham Hill and Whalley Range areas.
#AceDailyNews Operation Magpie & Cranium: GM Police & Officers from City of London, North West Regional and Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU), Border Force, Immigration and local officers from the Cheetham Hill neighbourhood team carried out a warrant on Lockett Street and Bury New Road this morning (2 December) where one million pounds worth of goods including clothing, accessories, bags, perfume and jewellery were found and seized…..
Six men, aged between 36 and 61, have been arrested and released under investigation pending further enquiries.
As part of the crackdown over the last 10 days, tens of thousands of items including clothing, perfume, jewellery and accessories have been seized and an investigation alongside partners continues.
Inspector William Jennings-Wharton, of Cheetham Neighbourhood team, said:
” This is all part of our continued work to tackle organised crime taking place in Cheetham Hill and I want to reassure the local community that we are listening to their concerns and this week’s action is all part of our continued crackdown.
“Counterfeit goods and drug dealing will not be tolerated and all of these raids – which are a result of months of hard work – are a huge step in really driving a wedge in organised crime in the area.
“Counterfeit goods are not a victimless crime – though these desired items may look good and are cheap, they are funding a wider picture that involves money laundering, organised crime and cheap labour. The profits from such businesses can be used to fund other serious crime, and often with that comes violence which can have a devastating ripple effect on communities and nearby legitimate businesses.”
Detective Chief Inspector, Suzanne Ferris, of the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), said:
” This operation will have severely disrupted organised crime groups linked to counterfeit goods. We believe the thousands of goods seized would have supplied gangs in Cheetham Hill, selling fake goods across the country this Christmas.
“Buying and selling counterfeit goods is not a victimless crime. As well as damaging legitimate businesses, it helps to fund organised crime, and with that often comes violence. This week showed the effectiveness of partnership working and I thank Greater Manchester Police, and our other partners involved, for all their help.”
A spokesperson for Manchester City Council said:
” Counterfeit crime runs far deeper than just the sale of knock-off coats and handbags. There are deep links to other criminal enterprises and the sale of fake goods only puts money in the hands of criminals.
“We remain committed to tackling this practice at the source and will continue to work with our partners in the police to secure prosecution against perpetrators, and get fake goods off our streets.”
Inspector William Jennings-Wharton added:
” The work doesn’t stop here – we have always taken action in the area and will continue to do so – especially in the run up to Christmas. We’ll be continuing to work closely with our partners including Manchester City Council who order closures on such illicit businesses and City of London police – but I would urge the public to continue to come forward to us with any information that may assist.
“Anyone with information should report it online or by using the LiveChat facility at www.gmp.police.uk or by calling 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”