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Machete attack on Good Samaritan

A man was attacked with a machete as he tried to stop an argument.It happened shortly after 1am when he was walking home in Gorton, Manchester,

The 24 year old saw a man and woman arguing. He tried to intervene and was attacked by the man with a machete.He was taken to hospital with a serious wound to his leg.

A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of serious assault and remains in custody for police questioning.Police are appealing for information and witnesses.

"This man attempted to stop an argument where a woman was clearly distressed. The man turned on him and is believed to have gone inside a nearby house to get what is described as a machete and hit him on the leg. He has a nasty wound which has required stitches."

– Detective Sergeant Jim Slack


Woman found in reservoir in 'critical condition'

A woman is in a critical condition after she was found in the water at Debdale Reservoir today.

The woman, who has not yet been identified, was found at the reservoir in pyjamas at around midday.

She was found wearing a red pyjama top with a dog on the front and the words 'dotty for you' Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Detective Sergeant Shagufta Khan said: "We are obviously keen to identify this woman as soon as possible so we can inform her family. We would ask if anyone recognises the description of the woman that they contact police."

The woman is described as being aged somewhere in her 40s or 50s, around 5ft 5in tall and heavy set.

She has long dark hair below her shoulders which is possibly dyed and has an olive or tanned complexion.

She was found wearing a red pyjama top with a dog on the front and the words 'dotty for you' and Disney pyjama bottoms with white and black Dalmatians on. She was also wearing blank sandals with a polka dot buckle.

The slippers the woman was wearing Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 3521 or 101.

Police appeal for Gorton man on prison recall

Peter Edge is wanted by police. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police have released an image of a Gorton man with a history of domestic violence who is wanted on recall to prison.

Peter Edge, 23, is wanted after failing to return to his approved premises while on licence.

Edge had been released from prison in week after being sentenced to four years for a domestic related wounding.

Greater Manchester Police said the wounding involved him stabbing a victim and breaking the arm of a further victim.

Edge has links to the Gorton area of Manchester as well as Newton Heath.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 3508 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Concern for missing pensioner who has dementia

Pensioner John Mcenaney smiling at camera
John Mcenaney who's gone missing from Gorton Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police are concerned for a pensioner with dementia who has gone missing from his home in Manchester.

John Mcenaney, who's 80 was last seen in Gorton in the early hours of this morning.

He was last seen wearing a black coat, white shirt, black trousers and black shoes.

Inspector Michael Fenton said:

"John's family are very worried about him. It is possible he intends to travel back to Ireland, where he was born.

"John has been reported missing before but has always been found within several hours, so this length of disappearance is out of the character for him.

"He normally carries his passport with him and his wife believes that he has money with him sufficient to finance his way back to Ireland.

"He has dementia but has not taken his medication with him and as such his family have a grave concern for his welfare".


Pensioner mugged laying tribute at mother's grave

by Ashley Derricott

A pensioner attacked as he tended to his mother's grave, has described his attacker as 'rotten'.

Terry Boyle was visiting Gorton Cemetery on the anniversary of his mother's death when he was punched in the face and robbed of more than £100.

Greater Manchester Police are appealing for witnesses.

Pensioner attacked while visiting mother's grave

Police are investigating after a pensioner was attacked as he tended to his mother's grave.

The 68-year-old victim, who was visiting Gorton Cemetery on the anniversary of his mother's death, was approached from behind, before being robbed.

During the attack, which happened at around 12:30 on Saturday, the pensioner was punched in the face several times. The attacker is described as white, stocky, and aged between 35 and 40. Detective Constable Michael O'Connor, said:

"To attack a man at a graveside is an appalling act of cowardice and the actions of the person responsible smack of absolute desperation. "I would encourage anyone with information about this incident of the offender, no matter how small that piece of information might be, to call the police in complete confidence.

– Detective Constable Michael O'Connor

Boy, 5, hit by brick on bus

Police are appealing for witnesses after a brick was thrown through a bus window and hit a child on the head. It happened last month on the 205 bus to Gorton as it was travelling along Belle Vue Street. The brick smashed one of the back windows and hit a five-year old boy at the side of the head.

The two offenders have shown no thought or disregard for anyone who has been on the bus and for reasons only they know, have launched a brick through the window. “To make matters even worse, it hit a five-year-old boy at the side of the head. Thankfully, he suffered a minor cut but we could have been dealing with something even more horrendous. “I would ask anyone who may have seen two people in their mid-teens either throwing the brick or running away from the scene to contact us as soon as possible.”

– Police Constable Alex Vernon
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