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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.



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.

An investigation by the police watchdog decided no officers should be disciplined.

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.

Police issue e-fit after schoolgirl approached in the street

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Greater Manchester Police have released an e-fit of a man after a school girl was approached by a stranger in Hale.

At around 12:30pm last Friday a 13-year-old girl was walking on Hale Road on her way home from school when a man driving a small silver car pulled up next to her.

The man asked the girl for directions, which she gave him, before offering her a lift to where she was going.

The girl refused but the man again asked her to get in the car, saying that she should get in because it is raining.

Again she refused his offer and the man drove off.

He is described as a white man, aged between 50 and 60 with short grey hair and short stubble. He was wearing dark rimmed glasses and spoke with a local accent.

“I understand this is a worrying incident which will no doubt cause concern but I want to assure everybody that we have launched a full investigation.

“The young girl was approached but refused to go with the man, which is a testament to her as she could have easily been tempted to take up the offer of a lift when it was raining.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit to please get in touch.

"Likewise if you are the man who was involved in this incident and feel there is a different side to this report then come forward and give us your version of events.”

– Detective Sergeant Dan Hayes
  • Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 7530 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Anyone missing a snake? Unusual appeal by police in Bolton

Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police in Bolton are appealing for help in tracing the owner of a pet snake.

They believe it escaped from an address in the Great Lever area of the town.

Officers were alerted by residents and say they 'charmed' the one metre plus reptile into a box before transporting it to an exotic pet centre.

Credit: Greater Manchester Police

It was identified as a Corn Snake said to be non-venomous and a common pet.

Officers say anyone wanting to clam the snake can call 01618565619.

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