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Man attacked while waiting for taxi in Manchester

CCTV has been released of an assault which took place at a taxi firm's offices in Manchester.

The incident happened in the early hours of March 2 at a taxi firm in Edge Lane, Stretford, when the victim walked in to order a cab.

The offender, who was with another man, threatened and headbutted him before punching him.

He then used his knee to strike him in the ribs and chin before the victim managed to break free.

The man then left.

He is described as being white, about 5-ft 5-ins tall, in his late 20s to early 30s, of stocky build, with a bald or closely shaved head.

He was wearing a dark coat and grey tracksuit bottoms.

Anybody with information should call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 7655 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police reviewing policies following report into Chetham's victim's death

Greater Manchester Police say they will review their policies after a report said Frances Andrade's suicide could have been avoided.

They paid tribute to her bravery in testifying against her abusers.

"As Frances's son Oliver said in his very moving statement following her death, the GMP officer who was assigned the case did everything he could to help Frances. "This is further reflected in comments made by the author, who stated the approach of the officer in the case in supporting Mrs Andrade was 'exemplary'. "I note the recommendations for GMP and we will be reviewing our 'Talon' policy -GMP's internal policy for investigation of rape and serious sexual offences - to ensure that we provide the best possible standard of care for each and every victim."

– Detective Chief Superintendent Vanessa Jardine


Greater Manchester Police hunt convicted murderer Maurice Travis

Maurice Travis Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a convicted murderer who's on the run. Maurice Travis, 33, was jailed for life in 1999 after murdering an inmate at Stoke Heath Young Offenders' Institute.

He absconded while released on temporary licence in the Werneth area of Oldham.

He is white, 5ft 9in tall and has short cropped brown hair. He was wearing black jeans, black jacket with white motif on top of left shoulder and white trainers. He has links to Tameside, Oldham and Salford areas.

Top cop gets new stripes for Down Syndrome Day

Sir Peter Fahy with twins Abigail and Isobel Parry Credit: GMP

Greater Manchester's top police officer, Sir Peter Fahy, has gained a new set of stripes to mark World Down Syndrome Day.

The force's chief donned a pair of stripy socks, like thousands of others across the globe, as part of the "Lots of Socks" campaign.

Sir Peter said: “Many people do not understand Down Syndrome and this day is an opportunity to learn about the condition while having a bit of fun and raising money for a worthwhile cause.”

Find out more about World Down Syndrome Day, and how you can contribute, by clicking here.


Families will "feel betrayed"

A relative of one of Harold Shipman's victims said they should have been informed about the storage and disposal of human tissue.

Suzanne Turner, the granddaughter of Edith Brock, said many families will "feel betrayed" by the police.

Mrs Brock, 74, was murdered by Shipman during a house call he made to her home in November 1995.

We, as a family, fortunately never had to go through the horrors of my nan being exhumed for postmortem.

The decision not to inform relatives about the storage and disposal of the tissue in my opinion is very wrong.

They stated back in November that they 'agonised' as to whether to inform relatives.

History tells us that these things leak out to the public domain.

I am sure relatives felt betrayed by the poor judgement of GMP. We must have an open and honest system.

GMP failed.

– Suzanne Turner, the granddaughter of Edith Brock

Which is worse I ask myself - being told that they were disposing of the tissue and the rational for it but assuring relatives that it would be disposed of in a dignified way, or it coming out into the publish domain and knowing that not only did they dispose of it but you were given the details as an after thought, and additionally, why the secrecy?

Families must be allowed to move on, they have lived the most horrific crime out in the glare of the media.

– Suzanne Turner, the granddaughter of Edith Brock

Human tissue samples were taken from 12 women killed by Shipman to establish cause of death, it was previously reported.

They were kept in storage for a number of years to ensure that police had the appropriate evidence should the murderer or his family appeal against his conviction.

Hillsborough investigator has left his post

Assistant Commissioner Jon Stoddart, who is leading the new inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster, said he had informed the families that Mr Sweeney had returned to Greater Manchester Police.

I am aware of the ongoing investigations being carried out by the IPCC in relation to Greater Manchester Police and specific officers, including Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney.

The allegations made relate to ACC Sweeney's role at Greater Manchester Police. ACC Sweeney has returned to his post at Greater Manchester Police and will cooperate fully with the IPCC investigation until these matters are concluded.

I have taken steps to inform the Hillsborough families and other interested parties.

I and my team remain absolutely committed to supporting the forthcoming inquests.

– Assistant Commissioner Jon Stoddart, Operation Resolve

GMP Chief vows to cooperate with IPCC

GMP's Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said the allegations were serious but pledged that officers would not be distracted from their duty to keep the public safe.

I have stated before that the decisions dealing with the aftermath of the Shipman investigation were complex and sensitive, our priority was to avoid causing further distress to the families.

We will be cooperating with the Independent Police Complaints Commission as we want to ensure the allegations raised are brought to a satisfactory conclusion.

We hope this can be done swiftly.

– Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police
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