A police officer says he feared he was going to die when a knife-wielding thug stabbed him in the head in a frenzied murder bid.
Pc Adnan Ali, 28, was responding to a ‘routine call’ in Old Trafford when the attack happened.
Police had been called to Stamford Street following a complaint that Dawan Ismail had assaulted a male neighbour.
But when they went to Ismail’s flat, the 32-year-old went berserk with a knife, hacking at Pc Ali’s head and knifing his colleague Pc Peter Goulding in the shoulder while shrieking ‘Allahhu Akbar’ - Arabic for ‘God is the Greatest’.
Ismail was today sentenced to an indefinite hospital order by a court which heard he has significant mental health problems.
He was found guilty of attempted murder, causing GBH with intent and assault in a trial earlier this year, following the attacks on April 30 last year.
It was a routine call-out. We were not expecting any danger, but events escalated quickly.
"Ismail went from being the most calm and cooperative of people to attacking us with that knife. "I was stabbed in the top of my head, cut to my temple, and cut to the side of my neck. I thought I wasn’t going to come out alive.”
This is a shocking and tragic case, and one that will undoubtedly have a lasting psychological impact upon the poor victim.
“Excellent policing work has gone into tracking down two of the youths we believe to be responsible for this sickening attack, but it is imperative that we try and track down the third man as quickly as possible.
“If you believe you saw a man matching this description in the area at the time, or if you recognise this man, do not protect him, please contact police as soon as possible.”
The 17-year-old accused, who cannot be named because of his age, appeared in court charged with robbery and was remanded into custody to appear at Manchester Crown Court on October 30.
The youth, wearing a grey tracksuit top and bottoms, pleaded not guilty to robbery.
His jaw dropped open and his mother, sitting in the public gallery, held her hands to her face as the court was told the youth could face up to 10 years in jail if he is convicted of the offence.
An application for bail was refused.
The court heard the victim was waiting to catch a bus to work on Cromwell Road in Eccles, Salford, at around 5.55am on Saturday when she was approached by three youths.
She struggled to keep hold of her bag, containing £170, but was overpowered and after the robbery she noticed she was bleeding.
She then went to hospital and was told she had miscarried.
A pregnant woman lost her unborn baby after she was robbed at a bus stop in Greater Manchester.
The victim was sitting at the stop in Cromwell Road, Salford, when she was approached and attacked by three teenagers who stole her handbag, said Greater Manchester Police.
The incident took place at about 5.45am on Saturday.
Police have released a CCTV image of a suspected offender, described as white and aged between 16 and 20-years-old.
He was wearing a black hoody with white stripes down the arms, a black body warmer with a white motif and dark tracksuit bottoms.
Earlier a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with robbery.
A second boy, also aged 17, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains in custody for questioning.
Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that a serving officer has been arrested on allegations of historical sexual abuse of a child.
It's understood the 50 year old is accused of carrying out the sexual assaults during the 1970's and 1980's.
In a statement, GMP say "the officer has been placed on police bail and is not currently carrying out front-line policing duties while the investigation is on going."
Inspector Ray Codling was shot dead at Birch Services on the M62 near Rochdale 25 years ago.
He was on a routine patrol when he was killed by Anthony Hughes a convicted armed robber. Hughes later took his own life.
Today Ray Codling was remembered, not just by his relatives, but by the wider police family.
Matt O'Donoghue reports.
Commemorating the life, service and sacrifice of Insp Ray Codling who was killed in the line of duty 25 years ago http://t.co/B7v2P0kzuQ
Flowers for a fallen officer - a memorial to Insp Ray Codling who was shot and killed by Anthony Hughes in 1989 http://t.co/TGHTLh871l
25 years on from the shooting - the death of Inspector Ray Codling is marked by a memorial service at Birch Services. http://t.co/mymP3IhatV
Friends, relatives and the wider police family pay their respects and remember the sacrifice of Insp Ray Codling. http://t.co/Csy6eL9NwZ
A special service is being held later to mark the anniversary of the death of a police officer from Rochdale 25 years ago.
Inspector Ray Codling was shot by an armed robber at Birch Services in 1989.
The memorial service is being held at a monument at the services erected in his memory.
A thief exposed part of his face - and his underwear - during an armed robbery at a newsagents.
It happened during an attack on the Naran Newsagents on Barlow Road in Levenshulme at about 11.45am on September 6.
Greater Manchester Police say the robber, who was armed with an eight-inch machete with an orange handle, burst into the store wearing some kind of fancy dress or Halloween-type mask described as being green or yellow and.
He approached the cashier and demanded cash, before going round the counter and stealing cash from the till.
At this point, the shopworker was genuinely fearful he would attacked as the machete was being brandished in clear view.
The thief then tried to run off, but slipped over and dropped all the cash and the knife.
He then spent the next minute or so trying to gather the cash from off the floor and stuff it back into his pockets and trousers, at which point his hood fell off revealing his ethnicity and shaved head.
A customer then walked into the shop as the thief picked up the knife from the floor and fled out of the shop, not before his trousers had slipped halfway down his legs.
After threatening the customer, the robber finally managed to escape.
The entire incident was captured on CCTV which police have now released and are appealing to anyone who recognises the thief to come forward.
Watch the video below:
"Watching this CCTV is like watching a comedy of errors.
"After slipping over and spilling cash all over the floor, the thief then spent a good 60 seconds trying to pick it all back up, and in doing so exposed part of his face and his backside and potentially identifying himself.
"However, as amusing as his bungling attempts were, I must stress this is no laughing matter. This man threatened a shopkeeper with a large knife and also intimated he would stab the victim if he refused to acquiesce to his demands.
"That makes him a dangerous individual we need to catch and I would therefore appeal to people to study the footage we have issued and if you recognise this man, then please call us."
He is described as white, about 5ft 9in tall, wearing the mask with a black coat and dark trousers.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police have managed to track down images of two burglary suspects from bus tickets recovered inside the coat of an intruder who broke into a Manchester home.
The 61-year-old victim was confronted by two burglars when he went to investigate a noise in the bedroom of his house in Churchstone Walk, Baguley, on May 17.
As the offenders left, the householder grappled with one of the men and was able to pull off his jacket.
It was only after they had gone that he noticed valuable and sentimental items of jewellery had been taken from his home.
As part of the police investigation, officers recovered bus tickets in the pocket of the jacket taken from the offender.
Police have now released CCTV images from the bus of two men they are keen to trace.
“The victim, a man in his 60s, was obviously taken aback to find two men rummaging through his bedroom.
“In the melee following the initial shock he has been able to remove a jacket from one offender and this has given us some positive lines of enquiry.
“From the jacket we recovered a ticket and from the ticket we identified a bus used by the offenders.
“Now we are releasing CCTV images of two suspects we would like to trace.
“We have made numerous efforts to identify the pair and we are now keen for any further help from the public.
“If anyone has any information that can assist – either about the two in the image or about the items stolen in the burglary - I would encourage them to contact us.”