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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.

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.


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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