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Police hunt for army deserter

Neil Graham is wanted for breaching a restraining order and deserting his regiment. Credit: GMP

Police are hunting a soldier who has deserted his Army posting and breached a restraining order.

29-year-old Neil Graham, also known as Neil Boote breached his restraining order last November by sending a series of text messages to the victim.

He also breached a court order by failing to attend an appointment with the Probation Service in December.

At the time of the breaches and still currently, Graham is a deserter from the 1st Battalion Prince of Wales Royal Regiment stationed in Germany.

It is thought Mr Graham has links with the Bury area. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Investigation after body of elderly woman found under car

A police car at the scene last night. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

Police are appealing for help in identifying a woman who was found dead on a road in Greater Manchester.

The body of the elderly woman was discovered underneath a car on Coniston Road in Stretford yesterday morning.

Police believe there are no suspicious circumstances and an investigation has been launched to find out who she is.

The woman is described as white, of slim build, between 65 and 80 years old, has brown greying hair, false teeth, was wearing khaki green trousers, a red fleece, grey jacket, three gold coloured rings and a gold coloured necklace.

She also had a Yale Mortice key, two trolley tokens, one with a four leaf clover, the other with the Irish flag and a horse shoe charm.

“We are working to establish how the woman came to be underneath the car and find out her identity. What we do know is that the car she was under was not involved in any type of collision and we do not believe any third party was involved in her death.

“We have checked the register of those missing and the lady does not match any of their descriptions. Obviously, we are desperate to not only find out who she is but also who her next kin are so we can let them know of the sad news. “I would ask anyone who may recognise the description of the woman or who may have seen her walking in or around the area of Coniston Road last night or early this morning, to call us.”

– Detective Inspector Joe Clarke, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


GMP to pay tribute to victims of Paris attack

Police at the scene in Paris yesterday. Credit: Press Association.

GMP is marking the murders of two French police officers and 10 other people by holding a small ceremony and two minute silence outside its headquarters.

Twenty-four hours after the terrible events in Paris, staff and officers will be joining police colleagues across the country in paying respect to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack at the head offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Photographs of ceremonies taken place within the Force will be sent to the French police to show our support and a book of condolence will be available from Monday at police headquarters for anyone wishing to leave a message.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families of all those who lost their lives in yesterday’s tragic and savage events."

– Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police


Arrests over homophobic assault in Manchester

Police have made two arrests in connection with a homophobic assault in Manchester City Centre.

A 20-year-old woman and a man, aged 29, have been arrested on suspicion of an aggravated homophobic assault and remain in police custody for questioning.

The attack happened on Saturday, November 1, when the 25-year-old victim was on the tram travelling to Manchester and an argument began between him and another man.

When the victim got off the tram at Manchester Piccadilly tram stop, the man followed him and shouted at him.

The victim was then approached by a group of between 10 and 20 people and was punched and kicked until he lost consciousness and the group fled the scene.

We are still appealing for people to come forward with information and I would urge anyone who witnessed the attack to speak to police.

“The victim was attacked in a busy place and someone may have seen something and have some key information that could help our investigation.”

– Detective Constable Tim Greenwood, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information about the incident should call police on 0161 856 3229 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Piccadilly knife victim lucky to be alive after "ferocious" attack

The scene of the attack in Piccadilly Gardens. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

Police say the victim of a stabbing in Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens was subjected to a "ferocious" attack.

A 40-year-old man remains in hospital after the attack at 10.20pm on Monday.

He suffered wounds to his neck and stomach but his condition is described as "stable".

Greater Manchester Police said the offender is described as male, black, between 16 and 21 years old, with scars on his face.

“The man was stabbed with such ferocity that his windpipe was cut and it is fortunate we are not investigating this as a murder.

“While we are continuing to explore all avenues in respect of a possible motive what I would say is that this was not a random attack and the person injured was deliberately targeted.

“If anyone can help shed light on why that may have been I would urge them to call us. “Additionally, if anyone witnessed the incident and is yet to speak to us or has information about the offender please get in touch.”

– Detective Inspector Liam Boden, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 3221.

E-fit appeal after an 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted the street

Do you know this man? An E-fit image of the suspect. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

Police have have released an E-fit of a suspected wanted after an 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted the street in Manchester.

The incident happened outside a shop on Northmoor Road in Longsight at around 5.45pm on Tuesday, October 28.

The man approached the girl from behind and sexually assaulted her, before running away towards along Northmoor Road towards Crowcroft Park.

The girl ran off and police were informed.

The man is described as Asian, about 30-years-old, between 5ft 6in and 5ft 7in tall, of skinny build and has dark hair and short stubble.

He was wearing a black fleece and black trousers.

Thankfully, the child was not hurt, but she is understandably distressed and we are determined to find this man.

We are hopeful that someone will recognise the man in the E-fit and I would urge you to contact police immediately if you do.

I would also encourage parents to talk to their children about not talking to strangers and I want to stress to kids that if they approached in this manner to walk away and tell an adult."

– Detective Inspector Adrian Gallagher, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Praise for child protection agencies after arrests

The children's charity Barnados has praised communications between the child protection agencies following the arrest of eleven people. Nine men and two women are being questioned in connection with child sexual exploitation in Longsight, Greater Manchester as part of an Operation codenamed, Heliodor. Sue Cuffe is Barnados Assistant Director.

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