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Hunt for robber in Spiderman mask

CCTV shows the robber wearing a distinctive Spiderman mask. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

An armed robber who hid his face behind a Spiderman mask terrified staff and customers at a pub in Manchester.

The robbery took place as the Gardener's Arms on Edge Lane, Droylsden, was about to close, at about 11.55pm on Tuesday night.

Police say three men burst into the venue and a man with a hammer threatened staff and demanded cash, while the man in the Spiderman mask brandished a machete at customers. The three men left with cash.

Detective Sergeant Phil Parker said: "This was a terrifying experience for all affected. The robbers were armed and had thought out how to carry out this crime.

"They need to be caught.

"We have released the image of the man with the distinctive Spiderman mask to appeal to witnesses or anyone who may have vital information."

Anyone with any information is asked to call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 8346 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Funeral for David Short

David and Mark Short

There will be a heavy police presence at the funeral of a man killed in a gun and grenade attack in Greater Manchester.

46-year-old David Short was found at a house on Folkestone Road East in Clayton in August after police were called there following reports of gunshots. There had also been an explosion at the address caused by a grenade.

Dale Cregan

David's son Mark 23 year old Mark was shot dead in May at the Cotton Tree Pub in Droylsden.

29 year old Dale Cregan has been charged with their murders.

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Police offer £25k reward for information helping to arrest men wanted in connection with the death of David Short

Poster for the £25,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of Dale Cregan and Anthony Wilkinson Credit: Paul Duckworth

Police in Manchester are offering a £25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Dale Cregan and Anthony Wilkinson.

The pair are wanted in connection with the death of David Short, 46, who was found at a house in Clayton following reports of gunshots and an explosion last Friday morning.

Normally rewards are paid on conviction, however this reward will be given on arrest.

Greater Manchester Police say Cregan and Wilkinson pose such a threat, that they're taking this unusual step.

The £25,000 is being offered to anyone who is able to give information anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, which leads to the arrest of Cregan and Wilkinson.

Police renew appeal to trace men one week on

A week on from two shootings and grenade attacks in Greater Manchester, police are renewing their appeal to trace two wanted men.

Dale Cregan
Dale Cregan is wanted in connection with the attacks. Credit: Greater Manchester Police
Anthony Wilkinson
Anthony Wilkinson is wanted in connection with the attacks. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Detectives have been looking for Dale Cregan and Anthony Wilkinson since last Friday. They say the men should not be approached.

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
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