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Hackers take down GMP website

The Greater Manchester Police website has been shut down following a cyber attack. It was only out of action for around 30 minutes last night before it was back up an running. Then site then went down a second time and a Twitter user from Lithuania has claimed responsibility.

GMP website last night

Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirmed the attack to the MEN and described it as ‘an act of internet vandalism’

A group from Lithuania claimed responsibility and also tweeted about a number of other sites they allegedly took down.

Masked man attacks police car with a hammer

Credit: GMP

A masked man attacked a police car with a hammer following a pursuit late on Sunday.

Shortly after 11:30pm officers from the Greater Manchester Police Intercept Unit spotted two people wearing balaclavas in a black Ford Mondeo at a petrol station on Cromwell Road, Salford and signalled the vehicle to pull over.

The driver of the car ignored the initial attempts and after a short pursuit the offender pulled over on Upper Camp Street, where his passenger jumped out and came towards the police car armed with a hammer.

Fearing for their safety, the driver of the police car rammed the masked assailant, driving him onto the floor.

As this was happening, the driver of the Mondeo rammed the police car twice before turning round and driving towards the junction with Bury New Road, at which point the passenger ran and got back into the car.

The car turned right onto Bury New Road and got away before it was later found abandoned on Thanet Close with a number of weapons inside.

I think it is clear that the occupants of the car were about to commit a violent offence when the officers originally attempted to stop them and their subsequent behaviour only further reinforces that.

It is possible that the actions of the Intercept Unit officers prevented a robbery from taking place as, when they first approached the offenders, they were pulling into a petrol station forecourt wearing balaclavas and carrying a number of weapons.

Although we don’t have a clear description of the offenders, the one who attempted to attack the police with a hammer may have been injured in his attempts and returned home limping.

– Chief Inspector Mark Dexter

Anybody with information should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Sex offenders missing in Greater Manchester

25 registered sex offenders have gone missing in Greater Manchester including one who disappeared in September 2005 and three others who went missing in 2006. Police have revealed that hundreds have gone missing across the UK. Greater Manchester's Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said it's all down to dwindling resources.

Appeal to find killer of murdered daughter

Clare's Mother and daughter are launching an appeal to find her killer Credit: MEN Syndication

A mother has made an emotional appeal for help to get her daughter’s killer convicted as detectives re-examine the case.

Mother-of-two Clare Marie Brown was strangled in her own home seven years ago.

She was found in the bedroom of her house in Exford Close, Miles platting, by her brother after the family became concerned that they had not heard from her.

Her former boyfriend, Stuart Lawrie, from Gorton, stood trial for her murder, but was acquitted in November 2008.

The Manchester Evening Newsreports that officers from GMP Cold Case Review Unit are now going to reasses the murder.

They will check to see if any new forensic evidence can be gleaned.

The last person from her family to speak to Clare was her mother, Margaret Taylor.

She was a fantastic daughter - a fantastic mum. We all miss her so much.

We want to get justice for her children more than anything. I do think there is someone out there who knows something.

I wish they would just come forward and say it - think about the kids, think about our family.

It is seven years and we can’t move on. I think of Clare every day.

– Margaret Taylor, Clare's mother told the Manchester Evening News

Anyone with information can ring the cold case unit on 0161 856 5961 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Clare Marie Brown was strangled in her own home seven years ago. Credit: Manchester Evening News


Police boss Sir Peter Fahy tweets about dramatic rescue

Manchester's police chief tweeted about a dramatic rescue last night as he spent the evening on patrol with PC's. Sir Peter Fahy told his followers about the rescue of a woman from a motorway bridge above the M6.

Fahy was also called out to reports of an alcoholic who'd lost her keys as well as several other mental health cases. He said, "officers do their best but not trained to deal with those with complex alcohol and mental health issues."

Man beaten with bricks by up to eight attackers in Salford

Shortly before 11pm on Monday October 20, police were called to assist a man found seriously injured and unconscious on the ground in a walkway between the M602 and St Luke’s Road in Salford.

The man, aged 33, has been taken to hospital for treatment to multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, fractured ribs and severe bruising. He also lost a number of teeth in the assault.

Police believe the man was accosted by up to eight men on St Luke’s Road and was assaulted between there and where he was found, he was repeatedly kicked and hit with bricks during the assault.

An unknown person used the victim’s phone to contact the ambulance service and police are trying to locate this person as well as any other witnesses.

The victim has been given an horrific beating by as many as eight men and has suffered some very serious injuries.

While we think this was a targeted attack as opposed to a random act of violence, the motive behind it is unclear and I need people with information to call us.

I really need whoever called the ambulance to come and speak to us.

– Julie Connor, Detective Sergeant.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5351 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

Manchester police to tweet all calls for 24 hours

Greater Manchester Police is giving members of the public a glimpse behind the scenes of the force today. For the next 24 hours they will tweeting all the calls received as well as providing an insight into some of the most challenging work. It takes place exactly four years after the very first GMP Twitter Day.

The 24 hours will see:

  • Details of all 3,000+ calls being tweeted as they happen
  • The GMP Facebook account will be ‘taken over’ by officers providing details of how cases are investigated
  • Video updates from officers working in complex areas such as public protection and negotiators
  • Two community reporters will provide updates from custody and a response patrol
  • Updates throughout the day from the 101 local police Twitter and Facebook accounts

“Since we held our first Twitter day in 2010 the force has shrunk by 1,400 officers and it has become more of a challenge to maintain the service to the public.

“Four years ago, people were surprised by the range of incidents we have to deal with and these have not changed. More of our work is about protecting vulnerable people, targeting those who abuse them and dealing with the consequences of entrenched social problems.

“We have a tremendous workforce that every day shows great dedication, patience and compassion. Our staff have great concern about the consequences of further reductions that we will face over coming years. We will need greater support from the public and continued changes to the way we work to get through this.”

– Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy

To follow what happens during the 24 hours people should check out the Twitter accounts @gmpday14_1, @gmpday14_2, @gmpday14_3 and @gmpday14_4 that will be used for the calls. Further details will be circulated on the force main Twitter account @gmpolice and Facebook GtrManchesterPolice, and if you are not on social media you can find it on the website

But simply follow the hashtag #gmp24 to see the activity unfold.

Manchester police launch gun amnesty

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Greater Manchester Police is appealing for people to ‘Give up the Gun’ with a two week amnesty. It’s been 6 years since the last amnesty in Greater Manchester, where the force asks members of the public to surrender guns and ammunition to help prevent them getting into the wrong hands.

The amnesty gives holders the chance to dispose of the firearm or ammunition with no questions asked, by simply taking it to a local police station.

The amnesty will be held for two weeks from Saturday 12 July at 7am to 11.59pm on Saturday 26 July. During that period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession and they can remain anonymous.

During the amnesty there will also be a change in legislation which will make it illegal for certain people to hold weapons such as antique firearms.

DCI Debbie Dooley said: “Gun crime in Manchester continues to fall year on year since the last amnesty we held in 2008. The last fatal gang shooting was 2009 Guiseppe Gregory, and the last fatal non-gang shootings were the tragic circumstances surrounding Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone in 2012.

These deaths, although not recent, are still far too many. We therefore want as many weapons as possible and would encourage people to hand them in.”

Weapons and ammunition can be surrendered at any police station but anyone handing in a firearm, ammunition or any other weapon during the amnesty is advised to check the opening times of their station by calling 101 or visiting the GMP website.

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