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Greater Manchester Police officer arrested over sex abuse allegations

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that a serving officer has been arrested on allegations of historical sexual abuse of a child.

It's understood the 50 year old is accused of carrying out the sexual assaults during the 1970's and 1980's.

In a statement, GMP say "the officer has been placed on police bail and is not currently carrying out front-line policing duties while the investigation is on going."

The police officer is being questioned over allegations dating back to the 1970's Credit: PA

He loved the job, but it cost him his life

Inspector Ray Codling was shot dead at Birch Services on the M62 near Rochdale 25 years ago.

He was on a routine patrol when he was killed by Anthony Hughes a convicted armed robber. Hughes later took his own life.

Today Ray Codling was remembered, not just by his relatives, but by the wider police family.

Matt O'Donoghue reports.


Flowers for a fallen officer - memorial service under way for Inspector Ray Codling

Memorial for police officer shot 25-years-ago

Insp Ray Codling Credit: Manchester Evening News

A special service is being held later to mark the anniversary of the death of a police officer from Rochdale 25 years ago.

Inspector Ray Codling was shot by an armed robber at Birch Services in 1989.

The memorial service is being held at a monument at the services erected in his memory.

Armed robber exposed when trousers fall down

CCTV shows the thief exposed during robbery. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A thief exposed part of his face - and his underwear - during an armed robbery at a newsagents.

It happened during an attack on the Naran Newsagents on Barlow Road in Levenshulme at about 11.45am on September 6.

Greater Manchester Police say the robber, who was armed with an eight-inch machete with an orange handle, burst into the store wearing some kind of fancy dress or Halloween-type mask described as being green or yellow and.

He approached the cashier and demanded cash, before going round the counter and stealing cash from the till.

At this point, the shopworker was genuinely fearful he would attacked as the machete was being brandished in clear view.

The thief then tried to run off, but slipped over and dropped all the cash and the knife.

He then spent the next minute or so trying to gather the cash from off the floor and stuff it back into his pockets and trousers, at which point his hood fell off revealing his ethnicity and shaved head.

A customer then walked into the shop as the thief picked up the knife from the floor and fled out of the shop, not before his trousers had slipped halfway down his legs.

After threatening the customer, the robber finally managed to escape.

The entire incident was captured on CCTV which police have now released and are appealing to anyone who recognises the thief to come forward.

Watch the video below:

"Watching this CCTV is like watching a comedy of errors.

"After slipping over and spilling cash all over the floor, the thief then spent a good 60 seconds trying to pick it all back up, and in doing so exposed part of his face and his backside and potentially identifying himself.

"However, as amusing as his bungling attempts were, I must stress this is no laughing matter. This man threatened a shopkeeper with a large knife and also intimated he would stab the victim if he refused to acquiesce to his demands.

"That makes him a dangerous individual we need to catch and I would therefore appeal to people to study the footage we have issued and if you recognise this man, then please call us."

– Detective Constable Andrea Holden-Cullum
CCTV shows the thief exposed during robbery.

He is described as white, about 5ft 9in tall, wearing the mask with a black coat and dark trousers.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Do you know the suspect? Credit: Greater Manchester Police

CCTV appeal after suspected burglars took the bus

Bus CCTV shows the wanted men. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police have managed to track down images of two burglary suspects from bus tickets recovered inside the coat of an intruder who broke into a Manchester home.

The 61-year-old victim was confronted by two burglars when he went to investigate a noise in the bedroom of his house in Churchstone Walk, Baguley, on May 17.

As the offenders left, the householder grappled with one of the men and was able to pull off his jacket.

It was only after they had gone that he noticed valuable and sentimental items of jewellery had been taken from his home.

As part of the police investigation, officers recovered bus tickets in the pocket of the jacket taken from the offender.

Police have now released CCTV images from the bus of two men they are keen to trace.

Anyone with information is asked to call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 4882, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A second suspect in the burglary investigation.
CCTV image of suspect. Do you know these men? Credit: Greater Manchester Police

“The victim, a man in his 60s, was obviously taken aback to find two men rummaging through his bedroom.

“In the melee following the initial shock he has been able to remove a jacket from one offender and this has given us some positive lines of enquiry.

“From the jacket we recovered a ticket and from the ticket we identified a bus used by the offenders.

“Now we are releasing CCTV images of two suspects we would like to trace.

“We have made numerous efforts to identify the pair and we are now keen for any further help from the public.

“If anyone has any information that can assist – either about the two in the image or about the items stolen in the burglary - I would encourage them to contact us.”

– PC Rob Crossley, Greater Manchester Police


Police 'must maintain professional standards' online

Police workers in the region have been investigated for breaching social media guidelines. New figures over a 5 year period show Greater Manchester Police reported the most investigations.

In Lancashire one constable resigned over "excessive and inappropriate use of the internet" at work. One Facebook post showed a staff member asleep on duty. Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins says it's important staff maintain professional standards online.

Fahy probe - "right and transparent"

Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester. Credit: PA

The president of the Association of Chief Police Officers has welcomed the investigation into Greater Manchester's Chief Constable, Sir Peter Fahy.

Sir Hugh Orde said it was right that in a "transparent and open" system complaints are properly looked into.

Yesterday, Sir Peter faced calls to stand down amid a criminal probe in relation to his role in an investigation into a suspected sex offender.

He is one of three serving officers to be served with both a criminal and gross misconduct notice following investigations by watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

But Sir Hugh said it was important not to prejudge the outcome of the cases.

Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers. Credit: PA

"The first point to make of course is that in a system that is transparent and open, it is right that any officer regardless of rank, if a complaint is made, is subject to a full and proper investigation.

"In terms of suspension that is of course a matter for the police and crime commissioner and individual commissioners will make individual judgments on the basis of the merits of the case as they understand it to be.

"What is different frankly (now) is that we are fully informed because the IPCC choose to make it public very early.

"We need to wait and see what the outcomes of these cases are. It would be entirely wrong to pre-judge them on what we currently know."

– Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers

Asked whether these cases were more serious given the criminal element, he replied: "Until we know the detail, I think it would be wrong to make a judgment.

"Chief officers make highly complex, risk-based, operational decisions in the interests of the public.

"To suspend an officer is a massive decision and it can be without question career threatening. It is not a neutral act."

Asked if he believed the cases were damaging to public confidence in the police, he said: "No, I think it is the opposite.

"The fact we are willing and we welcome any investigation regardless of the allegation, regardless of the motives...every officer from constable to chief constable should be subject to a thorough investigation when a citizen makes a complaint. I think that is a positive."

The inquiry is believed to be linked to allegations that GMP allowed a teenager to enter the home of a suspected paedophile who was under surveillance.

It has been claimed that officers did not stop the boy from walking into his apartment, which they were watching.

Another serving officer has been handed a gross misconduct notice following the investigations - prompted by allegations made by a whistleblower - for his oversight in the disposal of body parts belonging to victims of serial killer Harold Shipman.

PCC: nothing to make me consider chief constable position

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Manchester has said he is not considering suspending Chief Constable Peter Fahy, after the IPCC launched an investigation into him, and other serving officers.

Tony Lloyd said: "It is my role to consider what action, if any, should be taken with regard to the Chief Constable during the course of the investigation. I have taken independent legal advice from a senior QC with expertise in the area. Nothing has been placed before me at this time which would make me consider the position of the Chief Constable."

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