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Still no sightings of 'dangerous' former gang member on run from police

Have you seen Duane Anthony Edwards? Credit: MEN Media

A "dangerous" former gang member has now been on the run for a month.

There have been no sightings of 32 year old Duane Anthony Edwards who is wanted after breaching conditions of his licence.

He has been at large since before Christmas. His last known address was Tindall Street, Reddish, Stockport. He also has links to Gorton.

Edwards was originally jailed in 2007 for being part of a robbery plot by Manchester’s notorious Gooch Gang. He is wanted on recall to prison.

Greater Manchester Police say Edwards knows he is wanted and is actively evading arrest.

Anyone with information about Edwards’ whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Police appeal after firework flung through letterbox

“Whoever put the firework through this couples’ letterbox needs to be held to account for their actions." Credit: PA

Police are appealing for information after a firework was thrown through a letterbox in Bury.

Officers were called to reports of arson on Spring Street in the early hours of December 30.

A couple had been sleeping when they were awoken by a loud noise downstairs.

They found a lit firework had been pushed through their letterbox.

It went off in the house, but no one was hurt.

Fireworks can be incredibly dangerous in the wrong hands and it’s not difficult to imagine the destruction that could have been caused if the firework set alight in their home.

We are treating this arson very seriously and are following a number of lines of enquiry, but we still need your help.

– Detective Constable Danny Whitaker, GMP

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Police release images of woman missing for two weeks

The couple circled had a conversation with Marie Credit: GMP

Detectives searching for a missing woman from Altrincham have released images of a couple that may hold key information.

Marie Scott, 57, was last seen at around 12 pm on Monday 18 December on Sandileigh Avenue in Hale. She is described as 5 ft 4 ins tall with mid-length blonde hair.

Officers know she boarded a 12.30 pm train at Altrincham station the same day she went missing and got off at Deansgate in the city centre at 12.54 pm. From there she made her way along Deansgate to outside Blacks clothes store where she spoke to a couple at about 1.07 pm.

Detectives have released CCTV images of the moment Marie spoke with the couple in the hope of identifying and speaking to them. Police want to stress that the man and woman are not in trouble, but they may have information that could lead them to Marie.

The couple are pictured to the right Credit: GMP

“It might be that Marie asked you for directions or you had a really general conversation - whatever it was we could really do with knowing anything that might lead us to her. So if this is you and you remember stopping to speak to a woman on Deansgate that day, please contact us immediately."

– Detective Sargeant Dave Jones
Marie Scott has been missing since 18th December Credit: Scott family

Detectives say Marie went to Castlefield shortly after Deansgate, and they'd also like to hear from anyone who remembers seeing here there.

Anyone with information about Marie’s whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101. Reports can also be made anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Computers stolen from primary school

Classrooms were ransacked by burglars Credit: Manchester Evening News

Burglars have stolen laptops and iPads worth tens of thousands of pounds from a primary school.

Classrooms at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Levenshulme were ransacked and damaged by thieves who took 30 new Acer Chromebook laptops and 48 iPad minis.

It’s the second time the school has been burgled this year. Thieves had stolen valuable laptops on the first day of the summer holidays. Many of those taken in Thursday night’s burglary were replacements.

It’s understood the break-in happened at around 6.20 pm on Thursday 29th December and the burglars are believed to have been inside the building for around an hour. Greater Manchester Police has confirmed it has received a report of a break-in and is waiting for updates.

Damage caused to classrooms at St Mary's RC Primary School Credit: Manchester Evening News

"The school is an absolute mess. They clearly knew what they were doing. Watching them back on CCTV, you can see them getting a step ladder out of a very specific cupboard. They knew where the alarm was. They were clearly very organised."

– Mylene McGuire, head teacher

Dream Christmas gift for Daisy

Daisy in her police patrol vehicle Credit: Manchester Evening News

Police have transformed a children's ride-on car to create the perfect Christmas present for a young girl with a rare chromosome disorder.

Daisy Berry from Wigan is "absolutely made up" with her gift, which has been transformed from a toy racer into her own police patrol vehicle. It has reflective stickers and blue lights, thanks to officers who added Greater Manchester Police force livery to the car.

Daisy, who has Pallister Killian Syndrome, has had more than 20 operations in her short lifetime due to various medical complications.

The four-year-old, who doesn't talk, loves the sound of sirens on the streets, and always takes a mini police car with her whenever she has a medical appointment.

This year, her parents Steven and Jenny decided to get her an electric toy ride-on car, so she could drive around in a vehicle herself.

They then contacted Greater Manchester Police to see if they could turn it into her own special patrol car.

Daisy Berry Credit: Manchester Evening News

“She’s absolutely made up with it. She’s a tough little girl and does so well, and I am delighted we were able to give her this gift that she loves. In fact she loves it so much that she even pulled over another little girl in her electric toy car on Christmas morning in the street.”

– Steven Berry, Daisy's dad

Man charged with murder of Mohammed Aftab

Mohammed Aftab Credit: Manchester Evening News

A man has been charged with the murder of Mohammed Aftab, who died of multiple head injuries and stab wounds on Christmas Day. The 21-year old’s body was discovered on Dyehouse Lane in Rochdale at around 8.15 on the morning of 25th December.

Jason Byrnes, 26, of Waithlands Road, Rochdale, is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court charged with murder.

Mohammed's family have paid tribute to him in a statement released by Greater Manchester Police.

"This has been a devastating loss to all the family. Aftab had respect and love for people from all walks of life. You see these things happen to other people but can never comprehend it when it happens to you. We all loved him from the bottom of our hearts and will miss him."

– Altaf Hussain, Mohammed's father
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