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Merseyside police called out almost 1000 times over Halloween

Merseyside Police have been called out almost 1000 times over the past two nights to deal with anti-social behaviour.

The force attended about 260 incidents of anti-social behaviour and vandalism between 2pm and 12am last night. The night before they were called out 715 times.

Officers say reports of criminal damage have fallen by 35% when comparing with reports received on the same day last year.

The week between October 30 and November 5 is traditionally one of the busiest of the year for Merseyside's emergency services. There were 15 arrests made between 2pm and 12am compared to 20 in last year's October 31 operation.

While the vast majority of young people behaved themselves there was a small minority of both youngsters and adults whose actions went beyond innocent mischief.

"I would like to thank parents who have clearly listened to our advice to make sure they know what their children are doing for Halloween and the young people themselves have taken advantage of all the things put on for them.

"We have seen far fewer instances of groups of young people out of the street after dark getting involved in anti-social behaviour and the high numbers of officers we have had on duty has meant people have felt reassured and got a swift response when it was needed.

"A great deal of planning and effort has gone into what is a multi-agency operation running throughout Merseyside this week and we will continue to work hard for the next busy period next week around Bonfire Night."

– Superintendent Rowley Moore

Driver jailed after using his car as a 'lethal weapon'

21 year old Aqab Hussain deliberately mowed down a group of men as they crossed the road after a petty argument.

The court heard it was like a scene from a computer game, as the men were knocked flying across the road like skittles.

One of those victim's lives changed forever that night. He was been left brain damaged, and unable to recognise his own children. Today the driver was jailed for 20 years.

You may find the images in Ashley Derricott's report upsetting.

The moment a driver mows down three men in revenge

This is the moment a man deliberately drove into a group of men crossing a road in Manchester.

Aqab Hussain, 21, had been out celebrating Eid with friends at a lap-dancing club.

After a minor altercation with the victims he was seen driving the wrong way along Princess Street shortly before hitting partially-sighted Michael Ward and his friends Paul Hulme and Martin Harris.

Mr Ward was flipped onto the bonnet, rolling off as the car swerved further down the road.

He spent almost a month in intensive care and is now so badly brain damaged he is unable to recognise his children.

Mr Hulme was thrown into the air and suffered severe leg injuries.

Two other men escaped without injury.

Hussain, who at the time was banned from driving, fled the scene but was arrested six weeks later arriving back in the UK from Pakistan.

He was jailed for 20 years.

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Revenge attack driver jailed for 20 years

Aqab Hussain Credit: GMP

A motorist who deliberately knocked down a group of men in Manchester city centre has been jailed for 20 years.

Aqab Hussain tried to use his car as a "lethal weapon", a court heard, after a disagreement outside a nightclub. The shocking incident was caught on cctv cameras.

One of the three victims mowed down suffered head injuries so serious they have been described "life-changing".

Hussain was found guilty of four counts of attempted murder at trial.

Revenge attack driver to be sentenced

Aqab Hussain Credit: GMP

A man from Manchester who drove into a group of men as they crossed the road in a revenge attack will be sentenced today.

Aqab Hussain, 21 was convicted of four counts after of attempted murder.

Hussain made no attempt to stop the car and fled the UK three days after the incident.

He was arrested just over seven weeks later by police officers at Manchester Airport as he returned from abroad.

Men jailed for robbing grocery store with machete

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Two men who threatened shoppers with a machete and told to fill baskets with stolen goods have been jailed fro five years.

Daniel Hamilton from Ashton-under-Lyne admitted robbery and possessing an offensive weapon and Mark Simms from Oldham admitted robbery, disqualified driving and driving without insurance at Minshull Street Crown Court.

Daniel Hamilton

At 10.10pm on Wednesday 6 March 2013, Hamilton and another man entered the Co-Op on King's Road, Ashton-under-Lyne. Hamilton, who was armed with a large machete, and his accomplice, stole cash from the till and made staff fill shopping baskets with a large quantity of cigarettes.

Mark Simms

They ran off with the cash and shopping baskets filled with cigarettes and got into a waiting red Subaru Impreza, driven by Simms. The car was later found abandoned on Ravensbury Street, Clayton after colliding with a white transit van.

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Detective Constable Joe Harrop, from the Tameside Organised Crime Team, said: “This has been a complex investigation - with extensive forensic work linking both suspects to the vehicle and complex analysis of phone data linking them to the offence

Thankfully, due to the efforts of the Organised Crime Team at Tameside, we have been able to provide every person in the shop that day as well as the wider community the best reassurance possible by bringing these two to justice.”

CCTV of teen gang robbing shop

Police have released CCTV of the moment a teen gang robbed a shop in Cheetham Hill and attacked a member of staff.

Greater Manchester police say at 9.20pm on Saturday 5 October, six men in their late teens went into Premier Stores on Queens Road. They told staff to go into the back of the shop, while two of them went behind the counter and took three bottles of vodka.

As a member of staff attempted to stop them from leaving, one of the group pelted him with a full beer can.

They ran from the shop and turned right towards the Fairy Lane estate. All six are white and in their late teens. They were wearing gloves and had their faces covered with hoods pulled up.

Detective Sergeant Alex Wild said: "We are urging the public to look at the CCTV and see if you know any of the offenders.

"If you know anything about who was involved or remember seeing a group of teens in the area around the time of the robbery we would be keen to hear from you."

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