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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.

Greater Manchester's police chief in court

Sir Peter Fahy Credit: PA

Greater Manchester's police chief is due in court accused of breaching health and safety laws after a man was shot dead by his force.

Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable will appear at Liverpool Crown Court, charged with failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, over the shooting of Anthony Grainger in March 2012.

Sir Peter has been charged as the "corporation sole" for the force, a legal status that means he is a representative of GMP but does not share criminal liability. He has pleaded not guilty.

Anthony Grainger

Father-of-two Mr Grainger, 36, was shot by a GMP marksman after his car was stopped as part of a planned operation in Culcheth, Cheshire. He was unarmed and there were no weapons in the car. The Crown Prosecution Service has decided the marksman should not face charges for murder or manslaughter.

The CPS has said that in addition to every employer's responsibility towards their employees, the law also imposes a duty to ensure that work is carried out in a way that ensures, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons outside of their employment are not exposed to risk.

Sir Peter is charged with failing to discharge a duty under s3 (1) and s33 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

It is alleged that on or before March 3 2012, as an employer, he "failed to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure as far as reasonably practicable" that the planning for "the police action leading to the intended arrest" of Mr Grainger did not expose him to a health or safety risk.

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Concern after schoolgirl vanishes with man in Manchester

Missing: 13 year old Tanisha Day thought to be with an older man.

Police in Manchester are appealing for help to trace a missing 13-year-old girl who was last seen going off with an older man.

Tanisha Day was last seen on Jutland Street near to the junction with Ducie Street in the city centre just after midnight.

She walked off along the Rochdale Canal with an older man, described as being of mixed race, in his 20s, 5ft 9in tall with a bald head and wearing a grey jumper with red, black and white writing on and red ‘chinos’ and red Nike trainers.

She has not been seen since.

She left two friends behind and when they attempted to follow her they were stopped by a man described as being of mixed race, with shoulder length dreadlocks, 6ft 3in tall and wearing a shiny black tracksuit and who was riding a black/blue/white mountain bike.

Tanisha had earlier been in Piccadilly Garden near to the Big wheel and is believed to have walked from Piccadilly Gardens to Jutland Street at about 11pm.

She is described as black, 5ft 2in tall, of slim build, with black ‘afro’ hair and when she was last seen she was wearing a plain black v-neck vest, grey jeans and maroon/red plimsolls with gold writing on.

Inspector Neil McClure, said: “Tanisha is just 13 years old and has been missing overnight so we are obviously concerned for her safety.

“We have been able to establish that she went off with a man who appeared to be considerably older and this has added to our worry as we simply don’t know who this person is and what his motivation for going off with her might be.

“Were you in Piccadilly Gardens last night and do you recognise the description of the two men? If so, please call us.

“Also, if you know where Tanisha is, the police would urge you to call us immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 3871.

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Police hunt for dangerous offender

John Parkes

Police in Manchester are searching for a man wanted for attempted GBH and theft.

John Parkes from Blackley is wanted for a serious assault and theft that took place on Scawton Walk on Saturday 21 June.

Sergeant Stacy Jackson said: "Parkes is a dangerous offender that has used violence in the past and is not to be approached by members of the public.

"Should anybody be found to be assisting or harbouring this wanted man, they too will face being arrested and a possible prison sentence of their own."

Police questioned over stop and search

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The way Greater Manchester Police use stop and search powers will be scrutinised at a parliamentary-style hearing today. Senior police officers will be questioned at the Town Hall on how they use it as well as hearing from people who have been stopped and searched.

Ideas will also be considered on how to resolve the problems that its use can cause across for both police and the community across Greater Manchester.

Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester's Police and Crime commissioner said:

"Stop and Search is a controversial tool, which police say is necessary to ensure that our communities are safe. This forum will test that claim, as well as identifying its effectiveness and what can be done to make improvements."

GMP "IPCC report clear cause for concern"

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Rumney, head of Greater Manchester Police's Professional Standard's Branch, said: "The IPCC report is a clear cause for concern and I welcome the scrutiny placed on this important issue.

The current system focuses on whether the behaviour that resulted in the complaint can be proven to have happened and in a vast majority of cases it simply comes down to one word against another, meaning many cases cannot be substantiated.

That is why change and improvement must be made and that is why most of the recommendations within the report have already been implemented by Greater Manchester Police and our action plan will be shared with the IPCC.

In addition, there will now also be a review of how discrimination and other public complaints are handled.

DCS Rumney also pointed out that the GMP has been trialling body-worn cameras for staff dealing with public order, domestic abuse and other violence."

The cameras have the potential to support complaints as well as disprove malicious allegations and the Professional Standards Branch would like to see the use of body-worn video extended," he said.

I am pleased that our "co-operation and willingness to learn" has been acknowledged within the report and our commitment to implement change for the better is further reflected in the work the Force is doing with the Police and Crime Commissioner in relation to the introduction of an ethics committee and appointment of an independent ombudsman.

We know there is a lot of work to be done but we are absolutely determined to make our system more accessible, timely and effective both for the public making complaints and the officers subject of them."

GMP 'significantly failing' in handling discrimination cases

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A review into how police forces deal with cases of discrimination has found significant failings across Greater Manchester. The Independent Police Complaints Commission examined three forces, GMP, West Midlands and West Yorkshire.

Of 170 a total of complaints from the public about things like race and disability only 94 were investigated. None of the allegations were upheld. The report found that there was insufficient training in diversity. IPCC Commissioner for Greater Manchester, James Dipple-Johnstone said:

"Our report identifies improvement is needed in how GMP deals with complaints alleging discrimination. I am extremely grateful for the assistance of those individuals representing groups in Greater Manchester who provided valuable feedback at our focus group.

In general, representatives thought the report findings reflected their perceptions of the way GMP handle discrimination complaints. They felt there was insufficient diversity training for police and there was scope for the police to listen better and engage more with the communities they serve.

From the outset of the review, the force has shown a willingness to learn and improve the way it handles discrimination complaints as it recognises the importance of getting its day-to-day dealings with a diverse community right."

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