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Appeal after theft from injured pensioner

This picture of a suspect was taken by a member of the public. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

A thief snuck into an elderly woman's car and stole her sat nav just moments after she was injured in a collision.

The 73-year-old woman suffered severe bruising to her legs and ribs after her blue Vauxhall Corsa collided with railings on the petrol forecourt of the Asda store on High Street, Hulme.

As she and her husband, who has dementia, were waiting for the ambulance the thief snuck into her car and stole her satellite navigation system.

Police have issued a photograph, taken by a member of the public of the offender, and are appealing to anyone who recognises him to come forward.

"I have spoken to the woman, and in her victim impact statement she has described this thief as 'the lowest of the low'.

"As she and her husband waited for an ambulance, injured from the collision moments before, what they needed was help and assistance but instead this thief took advantage of the opportunity, preyed upon their vulnerable state and stole their sat nav."

– Police Constable Paul Brunton, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Greater Manchester police launch review into firearms licenses

Police in Greater Manchester have launched a review into it's firearms licensing procedures. It's after a sample of 100 licenses looked at raised concerns. As a result a senior member of police staff from the licensing unit has been suspended. There are 11,000 people in the area with firearms.

The force say the review comes in light of the results of the police watchdog's (IPCC) investigations into firearms licensing procedures in other areas, GMP commenced an analysis their own licensing unit.

Additional staff have now been brought into the unit to commence a full review of all licences held in the GMP area more training will be given to staff members in the unit.

“We will not be complacent when it comes to public safety, and as a result we have now decided to review all of the 11,000 firearms licences held within the Greater Manchester area.

“If we find cases that do not meet the strict criteria for a licence to be granted, then we will look to secure firearms and revoke licences where necessary.

– Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett

Four charged over child sexual exploitation in Rochdale

Operation Doublet is an an on-going inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation.

Four men have been charged with sexual activity with a child following an investigation into child sexual exploitation.

Greater Manchester Police's Operation Doublet inquiry centres on sexual exploitation between 2005 and 2007 in the Rochdale area.

The force said today's charges relate to offences committed against one victim who was under 16 at the time.

  • Hadi Jamel, 33, of Yorkshire Street, Rochdale has been charged with one count of Sexual Activity with a Child.
  • Abid Khan, 38, of Whitney Road, Liverpool has been charged with three counts of Sexual Activity with a Child.
  • Mohammed Zahid, 54, of Croxton Avenue, Rochdale has been charged with one count of Sexual Activity with a Child.
  • Raja Abid Khan, 38, of Palatine Street, Rochdale has been charged with one count of Sexual Activity with a Child.

The men are all due to appear at Bury and Rochdale magistrates’ court next Tuesday.


Police hunt suspect after elderly man attacked with an iron bar

Can you help police trace Marcus Cameron? Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

Police are appealing for help to trace a man suspected of breaking into an elderly man's home and attacking him with an iron bar.

Marcus Cameron, 25, from Bolton, is also wanted in connection with an assault in which a man smashed the window of a house and seriously assaulted a woman inside.

He has links to the Manchester and Huddersfield areas.

"These crimes are of a very serious nature and extreme violence was used against the female victims, some of whom are elderly.

"If you see Cameron, do not approach him, but contact police immediately. Should anybody be found to be assisting or harbouring this wanted man, they too will face being arrested and a criminal conviction and a possible prison sentence of their own."

– DCI Rick Jackson, head of Bolton CID, Greater Manchester Police.
  • Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

'Sleeper' craze police warning to children and parents

A screen shot of the warning on the GMP Facebook page.

Police have issued a warning to parents over a new “potentially deadly” craze called ‘sleeper.’

A child in Manchester was taken to hospital after falling victim to the prank where they were suffocated until they passed out.

It involves a child having their nose and mouth held shut by another child until they black out from lack of oxygen.

Officers issued a warning to parents over the game, known as ‘sleeper’, which officers say is potentially fatal.

A youngster was treated in hospital on Wednesday after they were a ‘sleeper’ victim, police said.

GMP’s North Manchester division posted on their Facebook site after the incident:

Dangerous New Craze Warning - Attention all parents/guardians...We have received reports of a new craze called ‘Sleeper’ This involves children completely covering the mouth and noses of younger children until they completely pass out.

This is extremely dangerous, a child is currently in hospital being treated after falling victim to this game.

Please advise every child you know and warn them of the dangers, this could easily lead to concussion or even death.

– Greater Manchester Police
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