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Grenades in Droylsden attack came from Yugoslavia

Police investigating a double gun and grenade attack in Droylsden say the weapons used in the explosion, are believed to be militarygrenades from Yugoslavia.

At 10.30am on Friday 10 August, 46-year-old David Short was found shot dead at a house on Folkestone Road East in Clayton. There had also been an explosion caused by a grenade.

Less than 10 minutes later, shots were fired and there was another explosion outside a house on Luke Road in Droylsden.

Three men arrested on suspicion of murder has been bailed.

Police say they also want to speak to Anthony Wilkinson in connection Dale Cregan is also wanted over the murder of Mark Short, David’s son, at the Cotton Tree Pub on 25 May 2012.

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We continue to have a considerable police presence, including armed officers, in the Clayton and Droylsden areas. We do not believe that the two attacks last Friday were random, but understandably, people in the area are still hugely concerned by what they may have seen and heard.

“We have arrested three people so far in connection with Friday’s attacks and we are continuing to look for two other men – 29-year-old Dale Cregan and 33-year-old Anthony Wilkinson - who we still want to speak to.

– Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood

Car abandoned after gun and grenade attack

Search for information on abandoned car Credit: GMP

Police investigating two attacks last Friday in which one man was shot dead and two grenades were set off are appealing for information about a car they believe was involved.

The body of David Short, 46, was found at a house in Clayton last Friday morning.

Less than 10 minutes later a second grenade attack took place at a house nearby in Luke Road, Droylsden.

David's son was killed at the Cotton Tree Pub in a separate attack in May. Police are looking for Dale Cregan, 29, of Droylsden and Anthony Wilkinson, 33, of Beswick in connection.

Search for information on abandoned car Credit: GMP

Police found a silver five-door Ford Fiesta, registration BJ52 XMX, abandoned on Lord Lane in Failsworth at around 11.30am last Friday 10 August 2012.

The car had been purchased on Thursday 9 August at 2pm.

Officers are also keen to hear from anyone that saw a white Vauxhall Combo van any time after it was hired from Salford Van Hire at 4.45pm on Thursday evening, up to 10.30am on Friday morning.

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Police appeal after gun and grenade attacks

Van abandoned in Luke Road Credit: GMP

Police investigating the death of a father and son in Manchester have released pictures of a van blown up by a grenade thought to be connected with the attack.

Officers believed the explosive was detonated to cover the offenders tracks.

Grenade damage to van Credit: GMP

The body of David Short, 46, was found at a house in Clayton following reports of gunshots and an explosion last Friday morning.

Less than 10 minutes later a second grenade attack took place at a house nearby in Luke Road, Droylsden.

David's son was killed at the Cotton Tree Pub in a separate attack in May. Police are looking for Dale Cregan, 29, of Droylsden and Anthony Wilkinson, 33, of Beswick in connection.

Officers believe the white Vauxhall Combo was involved in the disturbance after discovering the van abandoned at the end of Luke Road the same time that a house on the street had been attacked with a grenade.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood, said:

“Today we are appealing to the public to help us trace the movements of a white Vauxhall van, which we believe was involved in both incidents on Friday before it was abandoned.

Grenade damage to van Credit: GMP

A 28-year-old man who was arrested yesterday in Droylsden on suspicion of murder remains in police custody for questioning.

Two men, aged 37 and 25, who were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of murder have both been bailed pending further inquiries.

Further arrest following death of a man in gun and grenade attack

Police in Manchester have arrested a third man in connection with two attacks in Clayton and Droylsden, which left 46-year-old David Short dead.

At 1.30pm today, armed officers arrested a 28-year-old man on York Road, Droylsden on suspicion of murder. He has been taken into custody where he will be questioned by detectives.

Police are continuing to seach for 29-year-old Dale Cregan and 33-year-old Anthony Wilkinson, who they also wish to speak to following Friday’s attacks.

More to follow.

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