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Police search for thief after 68-year-old assaulted and robbed

The incident happened on Lock Keepers Court, Droyslden, on Monday, June 13. Credit: Google Maps

Police in Manchester are searching for a thief who threatened and assaulted an elderly woman before stealing her handbag.

The 68-year-old was returning home from Droylsden town centre when she was dragged to the floor as a man grabbed her bag from behind and attempted to pull it from her grasp. He then went to punch her in the face, causing her to flinch and release her grip on the bag.

The incident happened on Lock Keepers Court off Manchester Road at around 1pm on Monday, June 13.

The man fled up High Bank Road with the woman's groceries and £25 in cash.

He is described as white, 20-22-years-old, slim build and wearing a dark navy quilted rain coat, black jeans and black trainers.

This poor woman fought bravely to prevent this low-life from stealing her bag, but understandably let go when threatened with physical harm.

To wrestle an elderly lady to the floor and use intimidation to steal a bag containing just some groceries and £25 in cash demonstrates the desperation of this offender.

He is likely to strike again, making it all the more important that we identify this man as soon as possible.

If you were in the area of Lock Keepers Court or the canal tow path near to the Water Adventure Centre in Droylsden at the time of the robbery and think you saw anything which may assist the investigation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

– Constable James Taylor, GMP

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident number 130616/1043, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Police killer's mum charged in money laundering probe

Anita Cregan, mother of Dale Cregan. Credit: PA

The mother of police killer Dale Cregan was due to appear in court today charged with fraud.

It follows a police investigation into an alleged multi-million pound money laundering racket.

Anita Cregan, 56, her daughter Stacey and 11 others – including acquaintances of her son – are due before Manchester magistrates court.

It follows a police operation designed to tackle organised crime in and around Tameside, Greater Manchester.

It is understood investigators have frozen assets worth millions of pounds as part of the probe, including more than 150 properties.

Mrs Cregan, of Sutton Drive, Droylsden, has been charged with two counts of fraud, one of obtaining a money transfer by deception and one of money laundering.

Cocaine dealer Dale Cregan, who had already slaughtered gangland rivals Mark and David Short, went on to murder PCs Fiona Bone, 32, from Sale, and Nicola Hughes, 23, from Diggle, before finally handing himself in to police.

He lured the officers to their deaths with a bogus report of a burglary, shooting them and throwing a grenade onto their dying bodies.

Mrs Cregan’s son is currently serving life at Strangeways prison and has been told he will never be released.

Her daughter Stacey has also been charged with one count of money laundering, namely that she and others conspired to steal, disguise, convert or transfer criminal property.

Other current, or former acquaintances, of Dale Cregan have also been charged with money laundering. They include Leon Atkinson, 36, of Ashton under Lyne, Matty James, 34, from Clayton, and Sean Booth, 32, of Sutton Drive, Droylsden.

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.

Man charged over David Short murder

Police in Greater Manchester have charged a man with murder after a gun and grenade attack in the city.

Anthony Wilkinson will appear at Manchester City Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

He has been charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon with intent to endager life.

David Short, 46, died after an attack in Clayton last month.

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