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Gorton death 'not suspicious', police say

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a woman who's body was found in Gorton, Manchester, on Saturday.

The woman's body was discovered in Sandfold Lane, Gorton. Credit: Google Maps

Police were called to the scene in Sandfold Lane at around 6pm on Saturday evening, March 5.

Detectives are working to establish the cause of death.

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Dmitrij Kozlov is wanted by Police in Manchester in conection with a serious assault

Dmitrij Kozlov Credit: GMP

Police are appealing for the public's help to find a man wanted in connection with a domestic assault in Manchester.

Dmitrij Kozlov, 34, is wanted after a 27-year-old woman was seriously assaulted on Friday 1 January 2016 at a property on Knutsford Road in Manchester.

Kozlov has links to the Gorton and Cheetham Hill areas.

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

Family pay tribute to Gorton teenager killed in motorbike crash

Credit: Tom Hodson

The family of a teenager who died following a collision in Gorton have paid tribute to him.

18-year-old Tom Hodson was involved in a collision with a quad-bike while riding his motorcycle in Gorton on the evening of Tuesday October 13.

He received serious head injuries and died the following day.

Paying tribute, Tom’s family said:

"Tom was a happy, loving, cheeky chap; our pride and joy. He loved to ride and passed his CBT which meant the world to him."

"We will miss him. We were blessed to have 18 years with you Tom. Now our Angel, you ride with the best. We will never forget you Tommy."

"We would also like to say thank you to his friends and family for all the tributes and love Tom has received and all of us are overwhelmed with the support; so thank you."

"Now RIP our Angel. Love from Mum, Dad and Burny XXX"

– Family tribute

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Jordon Begley's death leads to national taser inquiry

The death of a man who was shot by a Greater Manchester Police taser has led to a national inquiry into the safety of stun guns. 23 year old Jordan Begley was unarmed when he was hit by 50 thousand volts after a disturbance at his family home two years ago. Now, the National Police Chiefs Council is calling on the Government for an independent review into the use of tasers.

Chief Constable Fahy defends police use of Tasers

The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy has defended the use of tasers by British police.

It comes as Police chiefs call for a safety review of tasers following the verdict in the inquest of Jordan Begley from Manchester.

Sir Peter Fahy says the record of British Police in terms of force is "remarkable."

There's always more we can learn. All my officers know that we act with restraint and that for any officer, their best weapon is their mouth

– Chief Constable of GMP, Sir Peter Fahy

Police chiefs call for Taser safety review

Jordan Begley

The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has called for an independent body to look in detail at the medical evidence and to decide if safety advice on tasers should be changed in light of the death of Jordan Begley and the Home Office's statistics on taser use.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the NPCC's lead on less-lethal weapons, said the verdict "raises some concern about the use of Taser".

He said:

I will be asking the Surgeon General - along with the Home Office - to refer the detailed medical evidence in this case to an independent body in order that they can determine if it is necessary to amend their advice of the safety of this weapon. Their conclusions will be published."

Officers who take the decision to fire the weapon do so in the knowledge that their often split second decision to use force will be judged in detail with the benefit of hindsight over potentially many years and through multiple investigations.

“Officers will not necessarily know the background or health of the person they are confronting, but they must deal with the immediate threat first.

What is important is that if Taser has to be fired to deal with the threat, that officers provide appropriate after care to the subject and are trained to deal with any medical emergency that may follow.

– Neil Basu, National Police Chiefs Council
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