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Seven arrested during police raids in Stockport

Today's raids by Greater Manchester Police. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Seven people have been arrested following a series of dawn raids in Stockport targeting a suspected gang of violent criminals.

Police struck at addresses in the Brinnington area following a string of violent "home invasions and assaults", during which homeowners were either threatened or attacked.

Police were targeting a suspected gang of violent criminals. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Seven men were arrested on suspicion of assault and aggravated burglary.

They remain in police custody for questioning.

Detective Sergeant Matt Tarr said: "We believe the gang responsible for these violent attacks and home invasions are involved in an extensive criminal web that involves drugs, weapons and burglaries.

"That is why we have taken this action today and arrested seven people on suspicion of robbery.

Seven men were arrested on suspicion of assault and aggravated burglary. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

"We know that residents want us to take a tough stand against those involved in the supply of drugs and other criminality that destroys the fabric of the communities we serve.

"I hope today sends a message to the community, including the criminal fraternity, that we will not allow people to be terrorised in their own homes and we will be coming for anyone who is involved."

Anyone who has information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The raids took place in the Brinnington area. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Prisoners escape from Kirkham prison in Lancashire

Gareth Robinson, 23, was convicted of burglary. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Two men are wanted by police after absconding from prison in Lancashire.

Philip Stephenson, 33, and Gareth Robinson, 23, escaped together from HMP Kirkham in Blackpool yesterday and it is believed they may both be somewhere in the Greater Manchester or Oldham areas.

Philip Stephenson, 33, was jailed for firearms offences. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

It is also thought they got into a silver Volkswagen Golf as they escaped from the prison and headed towards Oldham.

Both are originally of the Oldham area. Stephenson was serving a sentence for firearms offences and Robinson for burglary.

Detective Chief Inspector John Mazzolai said: "Neither of these men has been seen since they escaped from prison on Saturday.

"They are not to be approached by members of the public, but if anyone sees them or knows of their whereabouts, please contact us.

"I would also like to remind people that if anyone is found to be assisting or harbouring these wanted men, they too will face being arrested and a possible prison sentence of their own. So please get in touch if you know where they are."

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Man hurt after being struck by car at fast food restaurant in Bolton

Derby Street in Bolton. Credit: Google Street View.

A man is in hospital after a he was struck by a car driving at speed in the car park of a fast-food restaurant in Bolton.

The 32-year-old man suffered severe fractures to his legs, body and face following the incident, which took place at about 11.40pm on Friday in the car park of McDonald's in Derby Street.

It is believed the victim, who was with a group of his friends, became embroiled in a verbal confrontation with another group who were also at the restaurant.

Eventually, the second group split up in two separate cars, one of which drove off while the other drove at speed and struck the victim, causing him to suffer his injuries.

Neither car stopped at the scene following the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5595 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Up to 30 cars damaged in Prestwich vandal spree

Greater Manchester Police described the vandalism as "mindless". Credit: JWT/ITV News

Vandals went on the rampage in Prestwich and damaged up to 30 cars.

Police in Bury are investigating after two men were seen to be vandalising dozens of cars - knocking off wing mirrors and jumping on car bonnets.

It is thought given the number of cars that have been targeted that the total repair bill for all the victims will run into thousands of pounds.

Officers were first alerted at about 6.30am yesterday when the vandals were seen to be jumping on a car on Lowther Road.

Since then, police have received up to 30 further reports of criminal damages to cars on Scott Road, Prestwich Park Road, Masefield Avenue, Shelley Road and St Anns Road.

One man has been arrested in connection with the incident. Credit: JWT/ITV News

However, police suspect many other cars may have also been vandalised and the owners have either not realised or yet reported them to police.

A Peugeot 206, BMW, Mercedes, Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Clio and a Kia Sportage were among the cars targeted.

One man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon and remains in police custody for questioning.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward and also urging anyone who has not yet reported any criminal damage to their cars to do so.

Detective Sergeant Benjamin Cottam said: "What we are dealing with is mindless, wanton vandalism on a very large scale. This was not one or two cars that were scratched but at least 30 cars, probably more, that sustained considerable damage at the hands of these vandals.

Lowther Road, Prestwich. Credit: JWT/ITV News

"We have dedicated significant resources to catching those responsible. These individuals have caused a lot of upheaval and upset in this community and we will do everything we can to identify those involved.

"It is not just the financial hassle of paying for repairs that has upset the victims but the time it will take to rearrange work and home commitments to arrange for those repairs and sort out the mess caused by two wanton vandals."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man charged over Oldham double shooting

A man has been charged as part of an investigation into a double shooting in Oldham.

Andrew Marcus Burke, 53, of Holland Road, Crumpsall, is charged with possession of a firearm and is due before Salford and Manchester City Magistrates' Court today.

The alleged incident happened on June 29 when two men, who were sitting in a Seat Leon on Radcliffe Road, were approached by a gunman.

He spoke to the occupants briefly before shooting them both.

One man, 19, was taken to hospital for injuries to his abdomen and the other, 20, for treatment to injuries to his buttocks.

A handgun and live ammunition were later recovered by police.


How safe is Manchester city centre after midnight?

A senior police officer says he believes it's dangerous because of violence and other problems linked to drinking.

Inspector Ian Hanson, a leader of the police federation in Greater Manchester, blames cuts and says public safety can't be guaranteed.

But the council and the force itself say his comments are wrong and they're working together to deal with the challenges.

Here's our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue with the story:

Man jailed for assault in Manchester

A man has been sentenced for viciously attacking another man as he left a Christmas party in Manchester city centre.

Alan Croydon, 25, of Norland Walk, Manchester, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to 12 months in prison.He pleaded guilty to ABH at an earlier hearing.

Aaron Buckley, also 25, of Coronation Street, Openshaw, failed to attend court for sentence on Friday 06 June 2014 and is currently wanted.

He pleaded guilty to ABH at an earlier hearing.

On the evening of December 6 last year at about 12.30am the victim, a 32-year-old Doctor of Science was making his way home after a Christmas party, walking down Dale Street.

He was approached by three men who started to talk to the victim and then two of them suddenly attacked him; punching and kicking the victim to the floor, before stamping on him.

Detective Constable Paul Wilde from North Manchester division, said: "These two men viciously attacked an innocent man as he walked home after a Christmas party.

"The CCTV clearly shows the ferocity of this attack and the man was very lucky to have walked away with minor injuries. Croydon and Buckley subjected the man to an unprovoked and violent attack and such disgraceful acts will not be tolerated.

"One man failed to attend court and he needs to be brought to justice, but one man is now behind bars and I hope the sentence means the victim can move on with his life."

CCTV appeal after race hate attack on Liverpool bus

Do you know this man? Credit: PA

Merseyside Police has released CCTV images of man officers would like to speak to in connection with a racially aggravated incident on a bus in Walton.

A woman passenger was subjected to comments about her ethnicity by a male passenger who was travelling with a child.

The incident happened on the Number 21 bus from Kirkby to Liverpool, as the vehicle reached County Road in Walton at 1.20pm on May 25.

The offender then assaulted a man who challenged him about his comments.

The assault victim sustained facial injuries during the assault and has been left upset following the incident.

Detective Constable Bob Hart, said: "Incidents of this kind, whereby victims are subjected to racial abuse, be it physically or verbally, will not be tolerated.

"We are investigating a number of lines of enquiry and are keen to speak to anyone with any information that could help our enquiries.

"I would like to reassure people that incidents of this type are rare."

Officers from Sigma, the Merseyside Police's dedicated hate crime investigation unit, are appealing to the man pictured, anyone who recognises him or anyone with information to get in touch.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 0151 777 4843 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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