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Government defends cuts to Greater Manchester Police

Mike Penning, Minister for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Victims defended cuts to policing in Greater Manchester Credit: PA Images

The government has responded to claims by the Police Federation that Greater Manchester Police will have so few resources left after cuts people will only ever see policemen if they're arrested.

Mike Penning, Minister for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Victims, said:

"Police reform is working and crime in England and Wales has fallen by more than a quarter since 2010, according the crime survey for England and Wales."

"While we acknowledge that the police funding settlement is challenging, there is no question that the police will still have the resources to do their important work. What matters is how officers are deployed, not how many of them there are in total. The reduction in crime nationwide demonstrates there is no simple link between officer numbers and crime levels, the visibility of the police in the community and the quality of service provided."

"This Government has made it easier for the police to do their job by cutting red tape, scrapping unnecessary targets, and giving forces the discretion to use their professional judgement. Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary's State of Policing Report recently found Greater Manchester Police has made excellent progress in challenging financial circumstances and is achieving the required savings."

"We have committed to a fundamental review of the police funding formula to ensure that allocations to local forces are fair and appropriate. We will consult the police fully in due course.”

– Mike Penning, Minister for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Victims

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GMP sex crimes unit to feature in TV documentary

A television documentary has spent two years following the officers at Greater Manchester Police's sex crimes unit.

The elite team of detectives helped jail the former DJ Ray Teret for historical abuse. They were filming when police prepared to interview him:

If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, Greater Manchester Police encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515.

Watch: CCTV of club robbery as police hunt burglars

Police have released CCTV footage in a bid to catch to burglars who broke into working men's club, in Wigan.

It happened at about 1.50am on Sunday, April 5, when two men forced their way into the working men's club on White Street in Pemberton.

Police say the pair managed to steal a significant amount of cash from the safe.

One of the men is described as white and was wearing a dark jacket and trousers and a baseball cap.

The second man is described as white and was wearing dark trousers and a dark top with the hood up.

"If you recognise either of the men in the footage or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the burglary, I would urge you to contact police."

– Pc Roy Lunio, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The two men forced their way into the club. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

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Appeal after theft from injured pensioner

This picture of a suspect was taken by a member of the public. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

A thief snuck into an elderly woman's car and stole her sat nav just moments after she was injured in a collision.

The 73-year-old woman suffered severe bruising to her legs and ribs after her blue Vauxhall Corsa collided with railings on the petrol forecourt of the Asda store on High Street, Hulme.

As she and her husband, who has dementia, were waiting for the ambulance the thief snuck into her car and stole her satellite navigation system.

Police have issued a photograph, taken by a member of the public of the offender, and are appealing to anyone who recognises him to come forward.

"I have spoken to the woman, and in her victim impact statement she has described this thief as 'the lowest of the low'.

"As she and her husband waited for an ambulance, injured from the collision moments before, what they needed was help and assistance but instead this thief took advantage of the opportunity, preyed upon their vulnerable state and stole their sat nav."

– Police Constable Paul Brunton, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Greater Manchester police launch review into firearms licenses

Police in Greater Manchester have launched a review into it's firearms licensing procedures. It's after a sample of 100 licenses looked at raised concerns. As a result a senior member of police staff from the licensing unit has been suspended. There are 11,000 people in the area with firearms.

The force say the review comes in light of the results of the police watchdog's (IPCC) investigations into firearms licensing procedures in other areas, GMP commenced an analysis their own licensing unit.

Additional staff have now been brought into the unit to commence a full review of all licences held in the GMP area more training will be given to staff members in the unit.

“We will not be complacent when it comes to public safety, and as a result we have now decided to review all of the 11,000 firearms licences held within the Greater Manchester area.

“If we find cases that do not meet the strict criteria for a licence to be granted, then we will look to secure firearms and revoke licences where necessary.

– Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett
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