#AceNewsReport – July.28: Daniel Grant Smith (27/10/1979), of Ashton Road, Oldham, pleaded guilty to her murder and was sentenced at Manchester Crown today (27 July). He will serve a minimum of 17-and-a-half years in jail: Miss Bohajczuk, who had a young son, shared a flat with Smith from June 2020.
#AceDailyNewsreports that an Oldham man jailed has been jailed for life after stabbing girlfriend to death after officers were called around 12.15pm on Thursday 4 March 2021 to a report of concern for the welfare of a woman at an address on Ashton Road: Emergency services attended and a woman was sadly pronounced dead at the scene, later identified as 29-year-old Imogen Bohajczuk.
In February this year, she reported to police that Smith had assaulted her and left marks on her neck and wrists. She also reported an assault from November 2020.
On 4 March 2021, a friend had become concerned about Miss Bohajczuk as she had not seen or heard from her since 15 February. She entered the flat and found her friend lifeless in bed with multiple stab wounds: A post-mortem later confirmed she had been stabbed three times and that any of them could have killed her. There were also strangulation marks around her neck.
After he had killed her, Smith had attempted to cover his tracks by making calls from Miss Bohajczuk’s mobile phone and used her debit card, including to buy petrol, on several dates in February: Smith became the prime suspect in the investigation and when he was arrested at a friend’s house on 5 March he had the debit card in his possession.
Detective Inspector Andy Naismith, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends who have had to endure such a tragic and traumatic event: This was a brutal and cowardly attack on a defenceless woman and Smith has quite rightly been jailed for life: He gave no thought to the victim before, during or after the attack and attempted to cover his tracks by using the victim’s phone and bank cards: He also left the victim at the address and it is believed before being discovered she had been dead for around three weeks – he did not admit the offence until the full weight of the evidence was put to him: The family are now left to pick up the pieces of their lives and to try and come to terms with the death of a daughter, sister and loving mother – nothing will ever bring them peace.”
#AceNewsReport – July.18: After a two-week trial at The Lowry Nightingale Court in Salford, Riley was convicted of indecent assaults and gross indecency: The court heard how Riley, from the Ewood area, abused the boys separately, on all but one occasion, at his garage on Burlington Avenue where he lived at the time.
#AceDailyNews reports #HistoricSexAbuse case of Oldham man Damien Riley (26/04/1966) was jailed on Friday 16 July at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court and ordered to serve 10 years after being found guilty of 14 offences he committed as a teenager against victims aged as young as five over a period of six years.
Police were not aware of Riley’s offending until one of the victims made a report in August 2018 and an investigation commenced by detectives in Oldham CID.
On interview, Riley denied any wrongdoing and continued to deny the offences after being charged a year later, accusing his victims of conspiring to construct a series of lies to have him convicted.
The jury came back with 13 guilty indecent assault verdicts and one count of gross indecency on Friday 18 June, and Riley was sent to prison for 10 years and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.
The victims – aged five, seven, eight and nine when the offending started – have been supported throughout operation by specialist officers and partner agencies.
Detective Constable Vicki Tait, of GMP Oldham’s CID, said: “The experiences these men went through as children were harrowing and have left lifelong mental and emotional scars for each of them, but to have the courage and bravery to relive that abuse again in court nearly four decades later is of real testament to each of them: Riley’s crimes were committed many years ago, but that does not mitigate or diminish the severity of the offences or the impact that it had on his victims: It is satisfying that regardless of the time passed, we are able to ensure we have a compelling enough case to bring Riley to court and make him accountable for the manipulative and predatory actions he inflicted on these men when they were so young and vulnerable: I urge anyone who is a survivor of non-recent sexual abuse to report it to police so that we can ensure those reports are fully investigated with a view to continue to bring offenders to justice.”
Anyone affected by this case can contact police online, if able, via www.gmp.police.uk or call 101. Details can also to be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.
If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.
Saint Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Manchester provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated response to men, women and children who live or have been sexually assaulted within Greater Manchester. We offer forensic medical examinations, practical and emotional support as well as a counselling service for all ages. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and can be accessed by telephoning 0161 276 6515.
Greater Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential information, support and counselling service run by women for women over 18 who have been raped or sexually abused at any time in their lives. Call us on 0161 273 4500 or email us at email@example.com
Survivors Manchester provides specialist trauma informed support to boys and men in Greater Manchester who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual exploitation. Call 0161 236 2182.
#AceNewsReport – July.18: In October 2018, PC Adnan Ali was arrested on suspicion of police corruption, following a report of abuse of position for a sexual purpose….
#AceDailyNews reports that threw CPS have investigated an officer and cadet leader charged over alleged sexual offences after GMP referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who decided the investigation should be managed, and the investigation was carried out by GMP’s Major Incident Team supported by the Professional Standards Branch, under the IOPC’s independent direction and control.
The 34-year-old, based in Trafford, was arrested again on 16 November 2018 on suspicion of police corruption and sexual assault and on 13 March 2019 on suspicion of sexual assault, misconduct in public office and distributing an indecent image.
The investigation was completed and evidence passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in August 2019. The CPS has now authorised charges against the officer.
A number of victims and their families have received and continue to receive specialist support and a review into the Volunteer Police Cadet scheme commenced immediately in 2018 and has seen a vast number of improvements made across the force.
PC Ali has today been charged with:
15 counts of misconduct in a public office
Five counts of sexual assault
Distribution of an indecent image of a child
PC Ali will appear before Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on 5 August 2021.
Assistant Chief Constable Nicky Porter said: “I understand charges of this nature towards a Greater Manchester Police Officer will cause concern amongst the public, particularly with those who are involved in the Trafford Volunteer Police Cadets scheme. I want to offer assurances that we have worked closely with the IOPC on the investigation and a review of the cadet scheme was launched immediately following the initial report. We have and will continue to provide specialist support to all those affected by this case.
“I would urge anyone with information to contact the investigation team directly via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0161 856 7386. Greater Manchester Victims’ Services can provide emotional and practical support to anyone affected by crime. You can contact your local service by dialling 0161 200 1950, or request a call back via www.gmvictims.org.uk, to talk through support available from trained Independent Victim Advocates. Due to the case being subject to legal proceedings it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time.”
#AceNewsReport – July.16: Today’s sentencing is the result of a large scale investigation by GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Group (SOCG) as part of Operation Billabong, targeting drug supply in Greater Manchester.
#AceDailyNews reports that seven men from Greater Manchester have been sentenced to over 51 years in jail for their roles in a class A and B drugs conspiracy, uncovered by a dedicated GMP operation
Scott Round (03/09/1987), of Leader St, Wigan, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply class A and class B drugs.
Craig Walsh (30/10/1985), of Southern St, Wigan, was sentenced to a total of seven years and eight months for conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.
Joshua Hill (15/04/1989), of Leader St, Wigan, was sentenced to nine years and six months imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Cameron Jones (10/05/1999), of Ormskirk Rd, Wigan, was sentenced to a total of eight years and six months imprisonment for conspiracy to supply class A drugs and wounding with intent.
Adam Tempest (18/09/1986), of Dicconson St, Standish, was sentenced to three years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Arran Parkin (08/12/1974), currently of HMP Manchester, who is currently serving a 14 year sentence for Conspiracy to commit GBH was also sentenced at an earlier date to nine years, to run consecutively to his current sentence. Parkin was found guilty after a five week trial at Bolton Crown Court.
Thomas Kavanagh (29/03/1985), was sentenced to four years at an earlier date while the investigation was still live and has already served his sentence in prison.
This brings the total prison sentence for all involved to 51 years and 8 months.
From September-November 2019, officers conducted a surveillance investigation culminating in a number of warrants being executed at numerous addresses across Greater Manchester, specifically in the Wigan area. The Police seized a significant amount of drugs, (namely cocaine, ketamine and cannabis), as well as cash, mobile phones and paraphernalia commonly used in the preparation and distribution of drugs.
It was during these warrants that the convicted were arrested and later charged.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Norman, of GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Group said: Today’s result is a success for the investigation team, CPS and Prosecution Counsel, who have all worked tirelessly to make sure that these men have been taken off the streets of Greater Manchester and are no longer able to contribute to the devastating drugs trade that sees communities living in fear and people’s lives destroyed: This was a well-funded group of criminals who used encrypted mobile devices which utilise increasingly sophisticated technology to attempt to hide messages from police: These devices are almost exclusively used for criminal activity but our specialist officers were able to infiltrate the devices to recover crucial evidence which helped convict these people: I hope todays sentence sends a strong message to anyone involved in this type of crime that we will catch up with you and do all we can to see that you are brought to justice.”
#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 – July.02: In July 2020, GMP alongside nearly ever law enforcement agency across the UK came together as part of the National Crime Agency led ‘Operation Venetic’ The huge scale operation saw enforcement agencies across the UK join together and share expertise in order to takedown ‘Encrochat’, a highly sophisticated global communication service which allowed organised criminal groups to communication with each other freely.
#AceDailyNews reports that Firearms, ammunition, class A and B drugs and over £2.5 million in cash seized as mammoth GMP operation reaches one year milestone with NCA led Operation Venetic and use of EncroChat network
Codenamed ‘Operation Foam’, the force wide operation has been in constant action for the past twelve months:
The operation was sparked after EncroChat was cracked by an international law team in May 2020, springing UK’s police forces and agencies across the country into collective and direct action.
GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit launched a series of intricate investigations bringing together 16 teams of officers from across all ten districts of Greater Manchester.
To date, under Operation Foam, GMP has:
• Executed over 175 warrants across Greater Manchester • Arrested 167 people • Charged 128 people • Recovered 10 firearms and over 1100 rounds of ammunition • Seized approximately 12 kilos of class A and approximately 25 kilos of Class B drugs • Seized over 2.5 million in cash • Over £300,000 worth of property including luxury jewellery and vehicles.
Detective Chief Inspector Joe Harrop said: “Operation Foam has been a colossal operation that has brought together teams of specialist officers and detectives from across Greater Manchester Police who have carried out endless hours of meticulous investigative work in order to takedown the encrypted communication platform EncroChat: Over the past 12 months we have carried out countless warrants amounting to 167 arrests and 128 people being subsequently charged. These results are testament to the dedication and determination of all involved and their efforts have been integral in continuing GMP’s commitment to pursuing organised criminals and ensuring justice prevails: There’s no place for organised crime across Greater Manchester and the impact of drugs and criminal activity blights communities and can have serious lasting detrimental impact. GMP is committed to ensuring our communities are protected and safeguarded and Operation Foam will continue at pace to ensure we can fulfil this promise.”
Detective Superintendent Paul Denn from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) said: Since the takedown of ‘EncroChat’ twelve months ago, our officers have continued to work together with our six North West police forces, to identify the criminals who were using the encrypted devices to carry out their illegal activity: Tackling serious and organised crime, and those who cause the most harm to our communities in the North West remains our top priority here at the NWROCU, and we will continue use all our specialist tactics to disrupt these dangerous offenders operating across our region: Since last July more than 400 people have been arrested across the North West and more than £16 million pounds in cash and 400kg of Class A and B drugs seized as part of Operation Venetic: I can reassure communities across the North West that we will leave no stone unturned – we will continue to interpret, analyse and share intelligence and data to target and dismantle the most hardened criminals in our region.”
#AceNewsReport – June.28: The operation, codenamed ‘Operation Download’, was launched at the start of the month after a number of violent disputes believed to be involving criminal groups and cannabis farms in recent months.
#AceDailyNews reports Operation Download: During the #pandemic growth of cannabis farms has grown with organised crime and money laundering as GMP Officers continue crackdown in North Manchester with 13-recent-raids
Yesterday (24 June 2021), three further warrants were executed in the Strangeways and Moston areas of the city. Last week, on 15 June 2021, the team of officers recovered over 170 plants on Eadington Street in Crumpsall and over 70kilos were found at other addresses on Haversham Road and Huntley Road.
Today’s action follows a number of warrants already executed by the team in the Crumpsall, Blackley, Prestwich and Moston. A total of nine suspected cannabis farms have been dismantled and seized.
Seven men have been charged and one has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Police are set to continue with the action in the coming weeks and appeal to any members of the public with concerns or information to contact them.
Detective Inspector Paul Crompton, of GMP’s City of Manchester North division, said: “This targeted action comes after an increase in violent disputes between rival groups that we believe concerns cannabis farms in north Manchester.
“We are aiming to take out as many of these cannabis farms as we possibly can. Part of our crackdown is about us working with Manchester City Council and relevant local partners to develop an understanding of how these groups are managing to use properties in the city to carry out this alleged activity.
“The local community understandably has strong concerns about such activity and this operation is also to reassure them that we are listening and that we are taking robust action.
“Not only is the production of illegal drugs a criminal offence, but the mechanics of producing such substances pose a really dangerous threat to neighbouring addresses and it is vital we continue this work and seize assets.”
Anyone with concerns or information can contact GMP’s City of Manchester CID on 0161 856 3548. Details can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – June.14: Emergency Services attended, and discovered the body of a woman: Formal identification is yet to take place, but she is believed to be 58 year old Beverley Scott: Next of Kin have been informed:
Detective Inspector Neil Higginson from GMP’s Major Incident Team said: “Our thoughts remain with Beverley’s family who are understandably extremely distressed at this difficult time, and they’re receiving support from our specialist officers: This has also understandably been a worrying time for local residents, and I would like to reassure the community that although we currently have someone in custody, our investigation is very much still on-going and officers will remain in the area following up all available lines of enquiry, to establish the full circumstances surrounding this woman’s tragic death.
“If anyone has any information at all that can help us with our investigation, please get in touch as soon as possible. You can contact police via LiveChat on our website www.gmp.police.uk or call 0161 856 6908 quoting incident number 1599 of 11/06/21. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
#AceNewsReport – June.13: Sheibani, 40, built a £5m ($7m) property empire masquerading as a legitimate businessman: He was sentenced to 37 years.
Aram Sheibani: International drugs boss with luxury lifestyle jailed: Iranian refugee Aram Sheibani, of Trafford, Greater Manchester used money from fraud and drugs to fund lavish yacht parties and luxury cars, Manchester Crown Court heard
Banksy and Warhol
Between 1999 and 2010, Sheibani only declared his income on five occasions when he attempted to explain his amassed wealth with forged documents, the court heard.
When police raided his luxury apartment in Delamer Road, Bowdon, Altrincham, in April 2019, officers found a safe containing £167,000 in cash.
A total of £1.2m in cash was seized from searches at various properties belonging to the defendant, as well as cryptocurrency valued at £1.3m and original artwork from Banksy and Andy Warhol gained through illegitimate means.
Cash-counting machines – commonly used in drugs production – and cocaine, ketamine and ecstasy were also seized, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.
The court heard Sheibani enjoyed lavish yacht parties and had luxury cars, including two Bentleys, a gull wing Mercedes and a Porsche.
He also paid $45,000 (£31,781) for a hair transplant in Los Angeles in 2013.
In December 2013, he had visited Colombia where he “mixed business with pleasure” as he soaked up the lifestyle of an international drugs supplier, the court heard.
Sentencing, Judge Anthony Cross QC told him: “Your greed knows no boundaries.”
He said he was at the “very head” of a large-scale drugs conspiracy and close to the source of production in Colombia and the international drugs trade, which includes the supply of drugs in Europe, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and throughout the UK.
“You were not just a supplier but a processor of drugs.”
Sheibani, who had pleaded not guilty, was convicted after a 10-week trial of numerous offences including conspiracy to supply cocaine, fraud, money laundering, forgery and perverting the course of justice.
Det Sgt Lucy Pearson of GMP said Sheibani was a “calculated, deceitful and scheming criminal who believes he is above the law”.
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#AceNewsReport – June.13: Emergency Services attended, and discovered the body of a 58 year old woman: A murder investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding her death:
GMP Officers have launched a murder investigation in Longsight after they were called to an address on Holker Close in Longsight just before 2pm on Friday 11 June to reports a body had been found.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Wilkinson from GMP’s Major Incident Team said: “First and foremost our thoughts remain with the woman’s family, who are understandably devastated following the discovery yesterday: Detectives are carrying out a thorough investigation, and are following up a number of lines of inquiry to piece together exactly what has happened, and bring whoever is responsible to justice: Our investigation is in its early stages, inquiries are ongoing, and there will be an increase of officers in the area: Anyone concerned in the local area can stop and speak to our officers: We’re also asking anyone with information to come forward – even the smallest bit may help with our investigation.
“Anyone who may have seen something, can contact police via LiveChat on our website www.gmp.police.uk or call 0161 856 6908 quoting incident number 1599 of 11/06/21: Alternatively, contact 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 – June.04: PC Mohammed Malik, 37, was in frequent contact with Mohammed Anis, 35, between 2017 and 2018, when Malik was a serving officer with the Greater Manchester Police: Anis pleaded guilty earlier this year to possession with the intent to supply cannabis alongside another man. Anis collected a bag which was later found to contain 1kg of cannabis: The CPS showed that there was a clear transactional relationship between Malik and Anis. The evidence demonstrated a flow of information from Malik to Anis, with Malik having an expectation of money flowing in the opposite direction.
CPS Report Released: Corrupt police officer accepted bribes for classified information: Mohammed Malik’s crimes can now be reported after his co-conspirator Mohammed Anis was convicted of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office after a trial. Malik accessed and disclosed data and intelligence information on Greater Manchester Police computer systems to Anis.
A car that Anis asked Malik to trace information on, Snapchat messages between Anis and Malik and a Seat Leon with a bullet hole in the bumper
28 May 2021
Ben Southam, a CPS Senior Specialist Prosecutor in the Special Crime Division, said: “Mohammed Malik took advantage of his position of power and accepted money in return for helping Mohammed Anis. We gathered concrete evidence, including incriminating WhatsApp and Snapchat messages, leaving little option for PC Malik other than to admit his guilt. The jury also accepted that evidence in convicting Anis: This level of corruption is abhorrent, and I am pleased that the CPS and Greater Manchester Police were able to work together to bring an end to this conspiracy.”
How the case was proved
The information related to vehicles, some of which were involved in serious and organised crime. There were direct links between some of these vehicles and criminals. Malik also used the police computer system to perform multiple searches on a database that related to information held by the police about Anis and other individuals.
Anis sent a picture of a car through Snapchat and asked Malik to add the car to the police intelligence system, which Malik did the next day – suggesting the vehicle should be stopped as it was suspected of drug dealing.
Anis also asked Malik to provide information about a red Seat Leon that was recovered by the police with a bullet hole in the bumper. Police visited the car owner’s address and left a handwritten note for him. An image of this note was recovered from Anis’s phone.
Screenshots from WhatsApp conversations were used in court to prove Malik was helping Anis evade the police by suggesting that he stopped doing “business” and change the cars he was driving so police would not stop him.
It was also proved that Anis was sharing with others some of the information he obtained from Malik.
Anis also sent addresses to Malik asking him to search for information about them.
Malik pleaded guilty to the corruption offences in July 2020, and will be sentenced alongside Anis at a later date.
Mohammed Malik (10/04/1984) pleaded guilty in July 2020 to counts 1, 3 and 4:
Count 1: Conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977
Count 3: Conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977
Count 4: Conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977
Mohammed Anis (30/10/1985) was convicted after trial of counts 1, 3 and 4 above
Mohammed Anis has also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis. Another man (John Lawrence) has pleaded guilty to supplying Anis with the cannabis and awaits sentence.
#AceNewsReport – May.30: Officers attended and identified three men – aged between 23 and 31 – who had injuries consistent with stab wounds:
GMP Officers: ‘Have arrested two teens after three men were stabbed during an altercation in Piccadilly Gardens and enquiries have established that a group of people were fighting with knives’
Two of the men were taken to hospital with serious injuries and the third man was taken to hospital with minor injuries. All three men remain there for treatment: This is believed to be an isolated incident with no wider risk to the public: Two males – aged 17 and 18 – have been arrested on suspicion of assault. They remain in custody for questioning:
Chief Inspector David Henthorne, Force Critical Incident Manager for GMP, said: “Three men are in hospital as a result of this shocking incident in which a group of men, who were wielding knives engaged in an altercation: Although we have two men in custody, our investigation remains very much still ongoing to establish the full circumstances of this altercation. At this stage we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident: This took place in a busy location and I would like to reassure the public that this is believed to be an isolated incident with no further risk to the wider community. If anyone witnessed this fight, or has any information that could help officers to complete their enquiries, please get in touch with police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4409 quoting incident number 3554 of 27/05/21: Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Greater Manchester Victims’ Services provide emotional and practical support to anyone affected by crime and are a confidential service. The service can be contacted by visiting the website on www.gmvictims.org.uk or calling 0161 200 1950.
#AceNewsReport – May.28: The group subsequently fled the scene after being confronted by another male. As one of the group fled on foot he was fatally stabbed:
UPDATE: Investigation into the fatal stabbing of a man in Oldham: Enquiries have since established a blue Vauxhall Corsa pulled onto Fifth Avenue, Oldham and a group of around five males – armed with knives and machetes – exited the vehicle before causing damage to a property’
Emergency services attended and the 25-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and a 35-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They have since been released under investigation.
Enquiries are ongoing and officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward and assist police with their investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Butterworh of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “As always, our thoughts are firmly with the family of the young man who has sadly lost his life and our main priority is ensuring we can provide them with the answers they desperately need: Our investigation is progressing at speed but we are confident there are people out there who are holding information that could greatly assist our enquiries: This incident occurred in a built up residential area, in broad daylight, so we are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, seen a group of people behaving suspiciously in the area at the time or have dash-cam footage, to get in touch as a matter of urgency: Any information, no matter how small or insignificant you feel it may be, could be vital in ensuring we identify and bring the responsible party to justice.”
Anyone with information to contact police online, if able, via www.gmp.police.uk, or 101 quoting incident 2226 of 26/05/2021. Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – May.25: Officers attended and enquiries established a delivery driver had parked outside the store before entering with a secure cash box:
GRT MANCHESTER: ‘GM Police Detectives investigating an armed robbery have released images of the suspects they would like to question after officers were called around 9.25am on Thursday 20 May 2021 to a report of a robbery and a man with a machete at the Go Local Store, Chorley Road, Standish’
An unknown male armed with a machete, followed the driver into the store and demanded he drop the box. The driver put the box down and the male offender picked it up before fleeing the store whilst waving the machete around: The male then fled the scene in a grey Ford Focus in the direction of Red Rock Lane: The car was later found abandoned on Sennicar Lane: Thankfully no injuries have been reported: No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.
Detective Constable Debbie Dixon of GMP’s Wigan district, said: “Thankfully no injuries have been reported to us but those who were present during the robbery have understandably been left considerably shaken and upset by the ordeal: We’re issuing these images today in the hope that someone may have seen this man, the grey Ford Focus or anyone behaving suspiciously in the area at the time of the incident. If you believe you may have information, or dash-cam footage, that could assist our investigation then please do not hesitate to get in contact with police.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9101 quoting incident 831 of 20/05/21. Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – May.25: Officers attended and enquiries established a man in his 20s had been stabbed in the head: The man was taken to hospital: His injuries are now not believed to be life-threatening: Extensive enquiries are ongoing and scene remains in place:
‘GMP Officers say two men, aged 22 and 32, have been arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault. They remain remains in custody for questioning’
Detective Inspector Pete Morley of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “This was a serious assault that has left one man in hospital. Our thoughts are with him as he receives urgent medical attention:” Our enquiries are in their initial stages but we do believe this to have been an isolated incident with no wider threat to the public. We currently have two males detained and in custody for questioning but we would appeal for anyone with information to come forward and assist us with our investigation.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 6409 quoting incident 761 of 24/05/21. Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – May.15: The victim – a 13-year-old girl – was making her way to school when she was approached by a man who initiated conversation before assaulting her:
SALFORD: GM Detectives are investigating a sexual assault of teenage girl: Police were called between 8.15am and 8.30am yesterday (Wednesday 12 May) to a report and robbery at Peel Park the offender also stole her mobile phone and then ran from the scene towards Chapel Street’
He is described as a white man in his 20s or 30s, with short ginger/blonde light coloured hair and a short crop fringe, a lightly-coloured faint moustache, and is 6ft tall with a skinny build.
He is believed to have been wearing a plain blue-hooded top with a large front pocket and matching dark blue/black or black Adidas joggers with distinctive white stripes on the sides. He was also said to be wearing running shoes which were white with some blue and red on them and a grey Puma backpack.
The girl wasn’t injured but was left understandably shaken and is being supported by specialist officers and partner agencies.
No arrests have been made and investigators are appealing to anyone with information to contact them.
Detective Inspector Chris Horsfield, of GMP’s Swinton CID, said: “This is a deeply concerning incident where a young girl has been randomly approached in broad daylight and subjected the victim to a horrific ordeal by an unknown man clearly with sinister intentions: “ Our dedicated team of officers will be investigating a number of lines of enquiry which will seek to identify this man, and we are working with specialist partners to support the victim: “ In the interest of public safety, there will be an increase in patrols in the area and are working with local authority to keep the public safe.
“We are asking for information to help us identify the offender, so that we can speak to him in connection with this sexual assault and robbery: “ If anyone has any information at all about the identity of this man, please speak to police. Even the smallest piece of information could help us to advance our investigation, find justice for the victim, and take this man off our streets.”
Anyone with any information about this assault should contact police on 0161 856 2079 quoting incident number 746 of 12/05/2021. Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
#AceSportsReport – May.04: It was at an entrance round the back of the Stretford End, away from the noise and the flares that accompanied the start of the Manchester United fans’ protest at Old Trafford, that those who made it on to the pitch gained access.
‘Man United Supporters protest outside Old Trafford against the Glazers, who took over ManU in 2005 most of them were young lads in their 20s, coming down the hill in wave after wave, but not all there were women and older men too. One, probably in his late 50s or early 60s, wore a green and gold scarf and woolly hat – the colours of United’s first shirts when they were formed as Newton Heath in 1878, and of the original anti-Glazer protests in 2010’
After he had left the stadium compound, he remained with those waiting for the United team bus that never arrived.
He was not angry and spoke calmly to fans and media in the same area, wanting to know the latest about what was happening on the other side of the ground, or around the team hotel, where he had been earlier.
Those fans, he felt, were more sinister than the ones at the stadium. But he didn’t condemn them. He accepts they have a common goal. Emotions have been simmering for 16 years, so a bit of aggression is understandable, the theory went.
Exchanges like this – and people like that – underline the reason for what happened at Old Trafford.
A large protest was expected outside the ground before the match with historic rivals Liverpool – but no-one expected fans to force their way into the stadium and on to the pitch and for the match to be postponed.’Fans overstepped the mark’ – Shearer and Jenas on Man Utd protest
Like supporters of the other five ‘big six’ clubs, Manchester United’s fans are angry about the European Super League proposals. They don’t want it and will voice their opposition – just as fans of the other five English sides have done.
What sets United apart is that their fans are not surprised at the actions of their owners – the US-based Glazer family.
Indeed, to those fans, it merely underlines their view that the owners of their football club only care about money and that they have no affection for the world-famous 149-year-old institution they are in charge of.
If they did, the argument goes, they would never have landed the club with the enormous debt associated with their controversial £790m leveraged takeover in 2005.
Manchester United were a debt-free organisation when they were on the stock market prior to the Glazers buying the club. The fans believe the Glazers should have used their own money.
That debt currently stands at £455.5m, according to the club’s latest accounts, which were released on 4 March, 2021. It is estimated that in general finance costs, interest and dividends, the Glazer takeover has cost United in excess of £1bn.
There is nothing new in this. Many United fans were genuinely angry when Sir Alex Ferguson used to defend the owners. The Scot repeatedly said the Glazer family backed him in the transfer market and never offered criticism.
Those fans felt Ferguson’s brilliance as a manager masked underlying issues around the money being invested in United’s playing squad.
It is no surprise the ‘green and gold’ anti-Glazer campaign began in 2010, when United were experiencing a dip after three successive Premier League titles, nor that it fizzled out when Ferguson got his team playing like champions again and reached another Champions League final.
But for some, the sentiment never dimmed. Disenchantment with the Glazer stewardship of United has grown with every passing year since Ferguson retired in 2013, not just because the club’s fortunes have slipped, but because despite the relative failure, tens of millions of pounds go out of the club, either directly to the family or because of the way they run United.
There is a counter-balance to this narrative.
The owners are responsible for the phenomenal rise in Manchester United’s commercial revenue. They were the ones who aggressively pursued the regional approach, which every other similar sized club has followed.
The Glazers introduced a commercial plan which was different to any other club. Other than the major deals with Adidas, Chevrolet and others, they sell on a regional basis across the globe, so they have telecoms partners in USA and Canada, another in Africa, another in China. They recognised United were popular and maximised the popularity.
It can be argued, with some justification, that the Glazers are responsible for a significant proportion of United’s rise in income and what they take out is only a percentage of it.
United sources never tire of drilling home the message that the money the club raises is done to improve the playing side, whether it be through big-money signings or academy prospects.
Beyond question, they have spent a lot of money on players. Whether they have bought the right ones is debatable though, and the Glazers are blamed by some for not putting the processes in place to get the recruitment right.
In recent times, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a patron of the Manchester United Supporters Trust (Must), which has campaigned against the family, has, like Ferguson, been condemned for not criticising the owners.
Yet Solskjaer, when I asked him about the planned protests in the build-up to Sunday’s game, said the fans’ voice “needs to be heard”.
That probably explains the wording of the club statement on Sunday night, which in addition to condemning those who put “other fans, staff and police in danger”, also acknowledged their right to free expression and peaceful protest, in addition to highlighting their passion.
In the aftermath of the ESL’s collapse, co-chairman Joel Glazer said he accepted there was a need for greater communication with supporters.
That said, he opted not to join an emergency fans forum on Friday when Must were amongst the signatories of a letter, read out to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, stating the fans did not trust or believe the owners.
It is doubtful whether bridges between the two sides can ever be built but even securing some sort of peace, however uneasy, may not be easy to achieve.
Glazer family have no intention of selling Manchester United despite collapse of European Super League plans: Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family, have no intention of listening to offers for the club as they remain committed to staying at Old Trafford for the long-term.
United fans have been starved of communication from the Americans since they acquired the club in 2005 and Joel’s claims that they will now try to ‘rebuild trust’ with supporters was laughed off, with fans pointing out the fact that they had never earned their trust.
The embarassment of the u-turn and the focus it has shone on ownership in football has renewed hope among United fans that the Glazers could sell the club, particularly as the collapse of the European Super League will deny the Americans hundreds of millions of pounds.
However, the Daily Mail claim the family are undeterred in their commitment to the club and they want to keep the Red Devils in the family for the long-term.
The Glazers have taken over £1bn out of the club in the last 16 years and though they’ve spent a similar amount in the last eight years on transfers, they restricted Sir Alex Ferguson’s spending during the first eight years of their ownership.
It wasn’t until the club fell out of the Champions League that the Glazers started to heavily invest in players.
A consortium called the Red Knights attempted to buy the club in 2010, with a set of supporters mobilising to wrestle the club back from the Glazers.
Supporters coordinated a Green&Gold campaign against their ownership but tensions have cooled in recent years.
But, with Ed Woodward set to step down at the end of the year, the Glazers have lost their human shield at the club and they’re under increasing pressure to sell up.
#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.”