The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, along with three serving officers, are being investigated by the police watchdog the IPCC. The officers have been served with criminal and gross misconduct charges.
Part of the investigation relates to the serial killer Harold Shipman.
A statement by the IPCC said: "The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and three other serving officers at the force have been issued with notices advising them that they are under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)."
The statement said the investigations had been prompted by a whistleblower in the force.
In relation into the investigation into Shipman, the watchdog said: "Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney has been served with a gross misconduct notice for his oversight role in the disposal of body parts belonging to victims of the serial killer Harold Shipman."
The statement said other officers, and the Chief Constable, were being investigated: "The notices informed the officers that their conduct or actions may have breached their standards of professional behaviour.
"Three of the four have been told that they are also under criminal investigation.
"GMP Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy has been served with a criminal and gross misconduct notice in relation to his alleged support to an allegedly poorly-handled investigation into a suspected sex offender.
A Detective Superintendent and a Detective Chief Inspector were served with criminal and gross misconduct notices for their roles in the investigation. A retired officer will also be served with a criminal and gross misconduct notice over his role in the investigation."
Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a man wanted on recall to prison. 23 year old Shaun Stockton was released from prison on licence on 25 April 2014 after he was jailed for possession of a weapon and public order offences in the Atherton area of Leigh. Since his release he has breached the terms of his licence.
The IPCC has recommended that Greater Manchester Police improve training for custody sergeants and other officers after a man died after spending 33 hours in custody. 19 year old Billy Salton suffered epileptic fits at Cheadle Heath Custody Suite and later at Stockport Magistrates Court. He died later in hospital. An inquest recorded that Mr Salton died of natural causes after suffering a heart attack brought on by a third epileptic fit he suffered after transfer to Stockport Magistrates' Court.
"The care afforded to Mr Salton during his lengthy detention at Cheadle Heath custody suite should have been of a higher standard.
"Although it cannot be said that this contributed to Mr Salton’s death there are a number of issues from this tragic case and other IPCC investigations of the same unit that need to be addressed by Greater Manchester Police to ensure that a better standard of care is given to others in a similar situation.
"Mr Salton’s family has been made aware of our findings and I offer my sincere condolences to them for their loss.”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has found poor performance by staff and made a number of recommendations to Greater Manchester Police following the death of a man in custody. 19 year old Billy Salton suffered epileptic seizures while being held in custody at Cheadle Heath custody suite, where he was held for a total of 33 hours. He had a third fit in a cell at Stockport Magistrates’ Court after being transferred there for a court hearing and died three days later in Stepping Hill Hospital on 9 July 2012.
The IPCC investigation found that mistakes were made and poor operating practices observed, but also ruled that there was insufficient evidence to suggest any individual officer or member of GMP staff breached their standards of professional behaviour.
The IPCC found evidence of poor risk assessment, custody record entry, visiting regime, communication with clinicians and use of CCTV. The IPCC has recommended that GMP consider addressing these as a training issue for Sergeants and custody detention officers. The force should also consider where CCTV monitors are placed to ensure that they can be easily be viewed by staff. A number of similar issues and recommendations had been previously identified following other IPCC investigations into the Cheadle Heath custody unit.
Thirteen-year-old Tanisha Day, who went missing last night in Manchester city centre, has returned home safe and well.
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Police in Manchester are appealing for help to trace a missing 13-year-old girl who was last seen going off with an older man.
Tanisha Day was last seen on Jutland Street near to the junction with Ducie Street in the city centre just after midnight.
She walked off along the Rochdale Canal with an older man, described as being of mixed race, in his 20s, 5ft 9in tall with a bald head and wearing a grey jumper with red, black and white writing on and red ‘chinos’ and red Nike trainers.
She has not been seen since.
She left two friends behind and when they attempted to follow her they were stopped by a man described as being of mixed race, with shoulder length dreadlocks, 6ft 3in tall and wearing a shiny black tracksuit and who was riding a black/blue/white mountain bike.
Tanisha had earlier been in Piccadilly Garden near to the Big wheel and is believed to have walked from Piccadilly Gardens to Jutland Street at about 11pm.
She is described as black, 5ft 2in tall, of slim build, with black ‘afro’ hair and when she was last seen she was wearing a plain black v-neck vest, grey jeans and maroon/red plimsolls with gold writing on.
Inspector Neil McClure, said: “Tanisha is just 13 years old and has been missing overnight so we are obviously concerned for her safety.
“We have been able to establish that she went off with a man who appeared to be considerably older and this has added to our worry as we simply don’t know who this person is and what his motivation for going off with her might be.
“Were you in Piccadilly Gardens last night and do you recognise the description of the two men? If so, please call us.
“Also, if you know where Tanisha is, the police would urge you to call us immediately.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 3871.
A serial domestic abuser who murdered his girlfriend with a single punch has been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 16 years.
Branded "cowardly and violent" by the judge, Ryan Ingham, 27, ran at mother-of-five Caroline Finigan, 29, "at full speed", punching her to the head and sending her crashing to the floor after they rowed about how to get home from a night out in Manchester.
The force of the punch broke Ms Finigan's nose, fractured her eye socket and caused a fatal brain haemorrhage.
She was rushed to hospital in a critical condition, but died hours later.
Ingham, who had 23 previous convictions, including six violent assaults on ex-partners, was found guilty of murder last week at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester.
He had offered a guilty plea to manslaughter and claimed his girlfriend had drunkenly fallen over, but was convicted of murder by the jury after a week-long trial.
Jailing him for life and ordering he must serve 16 years before parole is considered, Judge Peter Lakin said: "In my judgment you are a deeply unpleasant, cowardly and violent young man with a complete inability to control your temper, particularly after the consumption of alcohol.
"You have on any view a very disturbing history for assaulting your partners.
"Clearly you have no respect whatsoever for the welfare of those who trust you in a relationship."
Duncan Thorpe from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: "Ms Finigan's family have been left deeply upset and cannot believe someone who claimed to love her could kill her.
"Ingham himself will have to live with the fact his reckless and thoughtless action took the life of an innocent woman."
A 62-year-old woman is recovering from a heart attack after she confronted four men who had broken into her house in Oldham.
Police are now hunting the men, who left the woman fighting for her life after they broke into the address on Tandlewood Park, Royton at around 4.30pm on Thursday 3 July 2014.
Having forced their way inside the men proceeded to ransack her house, forcing open locked doors until they came across the woman in her bedroom.
The men fled, but not before they had terrified the woman so much that she suffered a heart attack.
She remains in a stable condition at Wythenshawe Hospital.
The four offenders are all described as young, white men.
Officer James Mitchell said: “This is a case in which the victim could quite literally have been frightened to death by these intruders.
“Had it not been for the rapid response of our officers and their quick thinking following the victim’s cardiac arrest, the outcome could have been tragic.
“These men showed absolutely no regard for the victim’s property or her wellbeing, they just ran like cowards when she bravely confronted them in her bedroom.
“We hope that someone might have seen these men flee the house or the nearby area and if you believe you have a description of the offenders please contact Police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Seven people have been arrested following a series of dawn raids in Stockport targeting a suspected gang of violent criminals.
Police struck at addresses in the Brinnington area following a string of violent "home invasions and assaults", during which homeowners were either threatened or attacked.
Seven men were arrested on suspicion of assault and aggravated burglary.
They remain in police custody for questioning.
Detective Sergeant Matt Tarr said: "We believe the gang responsible for these violent attacks and home invasions are involved in an extensive criminal web that involves drugs, weapons and burglaries.
"That is why we have taken this action today and arrested seven people on suspicion of robbery.
"We know that residents want us to take a tough stand against those involved in the supply of drugs and other criminality that destroys the fabric of the communities we serve.
"I hope today sends a message to the community, including the criminal fraternity, that we will not allow people to be terrorised in their own homes and we will be coming for anyone who is involved."
Anyone who has information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.