#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 – Dec.04: The verdict follows a lengthy investigation by GMPs Challenger team who work to tackle serious and organised crime in Greater Manchester.
#AceDailyNews Court Report: Two men jailed for their part in a £61m ‘Industrial Scale’ Oldham drug conspiracy…….
Ashley Dissington, (15/8/86), of Helvelyn Drive, Middleton, was sentenced to 20 years at Minshull Street Crown Court this afternoon (2nd December 2021) for being knowingly concerned in the importation of heroin & cocaine, conspiracy to supply heroin & cocaine and possession of a blade in a public place.
Co-conspirator Connor Jackson Westwood, (14/9/96), of Bamford Street, Royton, was sentenced to 15 years at an earlier sentencing date (6thOctober 2021) for being knowingly concerned in the importation of heroin & cocaine and possession of a prohibited weapon.
During the trial, the court heard how on the 1st October 2020, a package from Belgium was intercepted by the UK Border Force. Once opened, the package was found to contain a total of 15kg of Class A drugs, namely 6kgs of cocaine and 9kgs of diamorphine, all equalling an estimated street value of around £1.5 million.
The seized items were handed over to police and detectives then made the decision to let the package continue to its intended destination at Wheatfield Industrial Estate in Royton, Oldham, with the contents removed and a decoy put in place of the drugs.
On the 6th October 2020, officers surveilled the industrial estate in anticipation of the packages arrival and it was then that Dissington arrived at the scene in his car, parking on a nearby street with Jackson-Westwood arriving by foot shortly after.
Jackson-Westwood was observed collecting the parcel before leaving the industrial estate and walking in the opposite direction of the parked car.
Dissington’s sentence today also incorporates separate drug and money laundering offences. During the course of their investigation, detectives from Oldham Challenger identified that Dissington had also been the user of the ‘EncroChat’ platform, which forms part of the National Crime Agency led ‘Operation Venetic’. He was further interviewed for these additional offences in June 2021.
Dissington then drove his vehicle away from the area in what prosecutor David James described as a ‘route clearly adopted as an anti-surveillance technique’.
Jackson-Westwood was picked up by Dissington at a ‘pre-arranged pick up point’ shortly after.
The two travelled to Royton Park before proceeding to open the parcel while still in the car, removing the delivery labels using a craft knife.
It was then that police arrived and arrested the pair.
Following a search of Jackson-Westwood’s home address in Royton, a number of cellophane bags containing cocaine and digital weighing scales were found in his bedroom. A stun gun was also found in a kitchen cupboard, while goods including a £15,000 watch were also seized from the address.
While in custody, both defendants denied all knowledge of the drugs before later pleading guilty to their involvement.
Police identified a further 16 deliveries consisting of 40 packages all being delivered from the same Belgium mail drop location to the Oldham industrial estate’s storage unit within a three month period from June to October 2020 which totalled 578.5kgs.
Judge John Potter said that ‘on the reasonable interface’ it was likely that each contained a similar amount, type and purity of drugs and would be worth a wholesale value of up to £19.5m and a street value of up to £61.5m. He described the importation of drugs to have been ‘on an industrial scale’.
Dissington was found to have been using the alias ‘Dizzierascal’ while messaging other OCG members using encrypted mobile devices to prevent police from detecting their conversations.
He was found to be involved in dealings of Class A drugs with a potential maximum street value of £725,000 and was responsible for the collection, storing and passing of money in excess of £100,000.
Detective Sergeant Alex Brown, of GMPs Oldham Challenger Team, said: “Today’s sentencing is a fantastic result not only for the Operation Challenger team and ongoing Operation Venetic investigations but also for our local communities who are effected by the drug trade.
“We work tirelessly to make sure these people are brought to justice and will continue to do so. I would urge any members of the public with information on the supply of drugs in their local area to please get in touch with police as we need your help to uncover those involved in this type of crime”.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101, or use our Live Chat service on our website www.gmp.police.uk
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
#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 – 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 – Mar.07: Officers were called just after 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:
GM Police Officers have launched an investigation after the death of woman found in a house in Oldham they have also arrested two men’
While formal identification is yet to take place, the victim is believed to be a 29-year-old woman and her next of kin has been informed: A post-mortem is yet to take place but initial enquiries suggest the woman suffered a number of stab wounds and that this is an isolated incident: Two men, aged 41 and 35, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody for questioning: Enquiries are ongoing and a scene remains in place whilst investigation work is carried out: Police patrols will be in the area over the coming days to reassure the community and officers are keen to stress that there isn’t believed to be a threat to the wider public.
Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Chatterton, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “This is a devastating incident, and our priority is to do all that we can to fully establish the circumstances of the woman’s death and give her family some much needed answers: “ Although we have two men in custody, our enquiries are at a very early stage and we are keeping an open mind however, we do believe there is no wider threat to the public: “ Our dedicated team of officers will be working around the clock on this investigation and I would ask that anyone with any information that could assist does come forward.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4815 quoting 1088 of 04/03/21. Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.