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Life saving equipment stolen from ambulance

Map shows Barlow Road in Levenshulme.

Police are hunting a thief who broke into an ambulance and stole expensive medical equipment.

The robbery took place between 8.25pm and 9.25pm last Tuesday, when the ambulance car was left parked outside a patient’s house on Barlow Road, in Levenshume, Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police said the offender managed to break into the unattended car, stealing some specialist medical equipment before making their escape.

They stole a EZ-IO Intraosseous Vascular Access System - a piece of equipment used to drill into bones, worth £300 and six drill bits worth £100 each.

“This is a specialist piece of equipment and there is very little chance that the person who stole this item knows what it is used for, or even how much it is worth.

“Chances are the thief will be looking to sell this item, which is in a bright yellow plastic case.

“As you will able to see from the image, this drill is very recognisable and I would like to ask anyone who may have been offered this piece of equipment to come forward.

– Detective Constable Victoria Pickersgill, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to call GMP 101 quoting crime number 200638P/15 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Grandfather dies on 70th birthday after being attacked during van robbery

Mr Ray would have celebrated his 70th birthday today. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was killed during an assault as his van was being stolen.

The victim was named by police as James Ray, 69, a father of two and grandfather of four from York.

It happened on the Plantation Industrial Estate in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, just after midday yesterday.

The scene in Tameside this afternoon. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

Emergency services were called to a report of a serious assault and found Mr Ray with serious head injuries.

He was taken to Hope Hospital where he died in the early hours of today - his 70th birthday.

Greater Manchester Police say the offenders left the scene in a car and also drove away in the victim's white transit van.

Map shows the location of the Plantation Industrial Estate in Ashton.

“We have made two arrests but the investigation is continuing and we are still seeking information.

"We believe there is at least one other person outstanding and I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the van and Fiesta being driven erratically to contact police.

"I would also appeal to anyone who knows who owns the Fiesta or who has been using it in recent days and weeks to call us.

– Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick, Greater Manchester

A 23-year-old man and a 44-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody for questioning.

  • Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police tweet response to latest bizarre complaint

A man called Greater Manchester Police to complain that a prostitute had not given him enough time.

The angry customer rang officers to say he had paid for 30 minutes but she had only provided 10 minutes.

The unusual objection was made to police in north Manchester who posted this tweet.

It was the latest in a series of bizarre complaints to police across Greater Manchester.

In July, a woman rang 999 when staff at a gym wouldn’t let her in – despite the fact she didn’t have a valid pass.

And in June, a Salford pensioner alerted officers that his wife was "driving him round the bend".

Cameras follow police as they tackle forced marriage

Greater Manchester Police are calling for more victims of forced marriage to come forward.

It comes ahead of a documentary tomorrow evening, which follows officers over an 18 month period, as new laws were introduced making it illegal to coerce a person into marriage.

Across Greater Manchester officers have had to deal with more than 200 cases involving honour-based abuse reported to them by young women.

They say the number of male victims remains unknown. Ralph Blunsom reports

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