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Police Federation: MP is 'ill-informed and out of touch'

The Greater Manchester Police Federation says Blackley and Broughton MP Graham Stringer is "ill-informed and out of touch" after his comments following the murder of Paul Massey.

Graham Stringer claimed the force had "de-prioritised" gun crime, leading to a rise in offences.

But Ian Hanson, Chair of Greater Manchester Police Federation, said: "“Yet again we see an ill-informed and out of touch politician courting the media to try and gain some cheap publicity on the back of the efforts of the men and women who make up GMP and every day do a difficult and dangerous job in trying keep the streets of Greater Manchester safe.

“Mr Stringer has shown an astounding lack of knowledge of fact and detail and I am surprised he has done this in such a public manner.

“Despite what he tries to assert as fact, the reality is that firearms discharges in GMP are now lower than they were when Mike Todd was Chief Constable."

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Blackpool striker returns after eight months 'AWOL'

Blackpool striker Nile Ranger has returned to train with his club, after eight months being absent without leave.

Ranger has been absent from the club for eight months Credit: PA Images

His return was reported by the Blackpool Gazette's football writer Will Watt on Twitter.

A clause was activated in Ranger's contract earlier this year, much to the player's surprise as he revealed on Instagram.

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Sterling bags a brace in Vietnam

Raheem Sterling Credit: PA Images

Raheem Sterling scored twice for Manchester City as his new side thumped a Vietnam national team 8-1 in the final match of their pre-season tour.

Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva also scored two apiece while Marcos Lopes and Jose Angel Pozo grabbed the other goals in Hanoi.

It was City's fourth victory of the tour after wins over Adelaide United, Melbourne City and Roma, with a single defeat to Real Madrid, and Manuel Pellegrini's squad will now return to Manchester before travelling to Stuttgart at the weekend.

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38 people to appear at court over 'cash for crash' scheme

38 people from Cumbria are due to appear at court charged over so called 'cash for crash' scams. It follows an insurance fraud investigation which began in 2010 into allegations people were conspiring to defraud car insurance companies.

The investigation has been a joint-up operation between Cumbria Constabulary, the Motor Insurance Bureau and the Crown Prosecution Service.

All 38 people are expected appear before North Cumbria Magistrates Court.

Respect the water and the dangers say Fleetwood RNLI

Greater Manchester Fire service are urging young people to avoid open water this summer. They've been training in Wales and say they deal with more water related deaths than fires. Meanwhile the RNLI say more than half those who drowned last year didn't intend to enter the water. Dave Eccles from Fleetwood RNLI warns of the dangers.

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