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Man found dead in Urmston was 'days away' from celebrating his birthday

63-year-old Jia Li Huang was found dead in a property in Urmston on Monday having suffered head injuries. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man who was discovered dead in a property in Greater Manchester was just days away from celebrating his birthday, his grieving family revealed.

Police launched a murder inquiry after 63-year-old Jia Li Huang was found dead in a property in Urmston on Monday having suffered head injuries.

A man was tasered at the scene in response to his "aggressive behaviour" before being arrested on suspicion of murder, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

The 63-year-old, a British national with Chinese and Vietnamese heritage, was described as an "amazing" family man by his two daughters and son.

"My father was an amazing person, he was brave and he thought he was invincible, but sadly his life was taken away.

"He would sometimes speak about how much he loved our mother and how they had plans to grow old together, he can now do that and be at peace with her.

"This was not supposed to happen, he was supposed to come home, have dinner and nap on the couch, just a normal family evening.

"We were ready to celebrate his birthday on Friday and then after that wish him to have lots of fun on his holiday to Vietnam and China to see his family.

"We never thought we would lose our father this way. It is such a horrible way to die, he never deserved this, he was a good man."

– Family statement

Officers discovered the victim's body after they were called to Atkinson Road, Urmston, at around 12.30pm on Monday to reports of concerns for the welfare of a woman with a head injury.

She was taken to hospital for treatment, while the arrested man remains in custody.

"We are in the very early stages of our inquiries but I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family of this man.

"Local residents may notice an increase in police presence as we conduct our inquiries and should they have any concerns about this incident then I would say feel free to approach these officers and raise them."

– Detective Inspector Carl Gilbert, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anybody with information should contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Family release tribute to 'amazing' father

Jia Li Huang Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The family of a man who died in Urmston in Greater Manchester have paid tribute to him.

Police have named him as 63-year-old Jia Li Huang.

He was found after officers were called to Atkinson Road to reports of concerns for the welfare of a woman with a head injury.

"My father was an amazing person, he was brave and he thought he was invincible, but sadly his life was taken away.

“He would sometimes speak about how much he loved our mother and how they had plans to grow old together, he can now do that and be at peace with her.

“This was not supposed to happen, he was supposed to come home, have dinner and nap on the couch, just a normal family evening. We were ready to celebrate his birthday on Friday and then after that wish him to have lots of fun on his holiday to Vietnam and China to see his family.

“We never thought we would lose our father this way. It is such a horrible way to die, he never deserved this, he was a good man.

“Family was important to him, all he cared about was family being there for one another and loving each other."

– Family statement

Man rings 999 to complain his neighbour was gardening topless

Misuse of this service can seriously put lives at risk Credit: PA

Police in Salford have told of some of the most peculiar calls 999 operatives have received in the city, with one man ringing the emergency service to complain that his male neighbour was doing the garden topless.

On a Facebook post on Greater Manchester Police's Salford West's page, they also talk of a man who rang 999 to complain that someone had left a sign on his gate that read: 'Miserable man inside'.

The post read:

People usually like to know about the most inappropriate 999 calls we receive, two of the ones we will not be deploying officers to today are a chap who has called police because his (male) neighbour was not wearing a shirt whilst gardening.

Another call was in respect of a man who had a cardboard sign hung on his front gate stating “miserable man inside” by an unknown assailant. Both incidents dealt with on the phone by local resolution officers.

– GMP Salford West

A spokesperson for GMP said:

An emergency is when a crime is being committed or has just been witnessed, there is a risk of injury, or a risk of serious damage to property.

Every hoax or non-emergency call to 999 causes a delay in answering and dealing with genuine emergencies.

999 is a fast response line for members of the public who urgently need police assistance.

Misuse of this service can seriously put lives at risk and we therefore urge the public to consider this before ringing the service with non-urgent matters.

– GMP

Busy high street brought to a standstill after gunshots target car

The police say the motive for the incident remains unclear. Credit: Ashley Stocks

Police are investigating after shots were fired at a car in Greater Manchester.

Armed officers were called to Market Street in Droylsden at around 5.35pm on Saturday following reports that the occupants of a white Citroen had shot at a red Volkswagen Golf.

When they arrived the golf abandoned was abandoned and has suffered damage consistent with a firearms incident.

Greater Manchester Police said no one was injured and an investigation is now underway.

Forensic officers examine the Golf. Credit: Ashley Stocks

“The motive for this incident at this stage remains unclear, but we are confident that is was an isolated incident with a specific target, not a random attack.

“We understand that residents will be understandably concerned by these events, but I would like to reassure members of the public that we have increased patrols in the area and are doing everything we can to find those responsible.

“If you witnessed the chase or the firearm discharge, or if you believe you may have information which would assist our investigation please do not hesitate to contact us.”

– Superintendent Stephen Howard, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to call Greater Manchester Police on 101 Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Jordon Begley died after being shot with a taser and restrained by Greater Manchester Police officers more than three years ago.

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But now the Independent Police Complaints Commission has decided to overturn it's own investigation.

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CCTV released as police hunt for shop robbers

CCTV footage has been released by Police after an armed robbery in Rochdale.

It happened shortly after 7AM on Friday 1 July 2016 when two men went into Bargain Booze, on New Road, Littleborough.

One man produced a knife and threatened to stab a staff member if she did not open the safe while the second man leapt over the counter and forced open the till, taking cash from inside.

The staff member managed to shrug off one of the men and escape through the front door. Both men then fled on foot towards Crowther Street.

“This was a brazen robbery which left the victim terrified.

“This happened early in the morning on a busy road where lots of people would have been heading to work in the morning.

“We would urge anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen anything that can help our investigation to come forward.

“We would also like to appeal to anyone who recognises the men shown in the CCTV footage to contact police.”

– Detective Sergeant Louise Ashurst

The first man is described as white, 5ft 11in, slim build, very pale skin, in his 20's and clean shaven. He was wearing a black and grey hooded top with his hood up.

The second man was wearing dark clothing with his hood up.

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