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Appeal by detectives after man stabbed with scissors

Police have released mobile phone footage after a man was stabbed with scissors in Manchester city centre.

Shortly after 9.30pm on Tuesday 22 November 2016, a group of youths went into Rice fast food restaurant at Piccadilly Gardens, but were asked to leave by a staff member, after causing a disturbance.

One of the group threw a bottle of fizzy drink over the staff member, a 29-year-old man, and a scuffle ensued.

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The group left, but then returned and one kicked the door repeatedly and a girl then stabbed the victim in the arm with scissors, before fleeing. The man was taken to hospital where he was treated for a stab wound to his arm.

Police have launched an investigation and have released mobile phone footage of two people they want to speak to in connection with the attack.

"This was a violent and unprovoked attack on a man, who was just doing his job.

“The man was fortunate that he wasn’t left with more serious injuries, result of this vicious attack.

“The group were behaving aggressively and there may have been a number of people who witnessed the incident and they may hold key information.

“If you recognise the people in the images, I would urge you to get in touch with police as a matter of urgency."

– Detective Constable Louise Kelly
  • Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4409, 101 quoting incident number 2272 22/11/16, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Critically-ill woman: police issue pictures and ask for public help

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Police have released photos of a woman who is in critical condition in hospital in Oldham.

Shortly after 8.15pm on Monday 12 December 2016, police were called by the ambulance service to a property on Waterloo Street, Oldham following concerns for a woman.

Upon arrival officers discovered Gemma Baker, 26, with serious head injuries.

She was taken to hospital where she remains in a critical but stable condition.

Police are treating Gemma’s injuries as suspicious and have launched an investigation.

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'A woman is in hospital with serious injuries and we are offering her family support at this worrying time.

“A team of officers is working to establish what happened to Gemma and we have released photos of her in the hope that it will jog’s someone’s memory.

“If you saw Gemma on Monday 12 December, or know her and had any contact with her recently, you may be able to help.

– Detective Inspector Kenny Blain
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Whatever information you may have, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is, please get in touch.

"You can speak to us in confidence, or if you don’t feel you can talk to police but you have information, you can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously.

“Your information might just prove vital to piecing together what happened to Gemma."

– Detective Inspector Kenny Blain
  • Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 9063, 101 quoting incident number 2092 of 12 December 2016 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

CCTV released by detectives in rape inquiry

Police would like to speak to a man and a woman who potentially witnessed a rape in Oldham town centre.

At about 1.30am on Friday 28 October 2016, the victim – who is in her 30s – was raped by a man in a car park off Beever Street.

Detectives have released CCTV footage of two potential witnesses who were in the area at the time of the offence.

“We want to speak to the man and woman in the footage as we believe they could have witnessed the incident and may have key information.

“I would urge them to come forward to police and I must stress they are not in any trouble.

“If you recognise the people in the footage then I would also ask you to please contact us.”

– Detective Constable Andrew Day, from Oldham CID

Anyone with any information should call 0161 856 9063 quoting incident number 304 of Friday 28 October 2016 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Warning over 'scam' speeding fine emails

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A warning has been issued about scam speeding fine emails which claim to be from the police.

The fraudulent emails include details of an alleged speeding offence and state that a Notice of Intended Prosecution is being issued by Greater Manchester Police.

But the force has warned that the emails could infect computers with malware and enable cyber criminals to access personal and financial

"This email is fraudulent and may ask you to give your personal or financial information or attempt to infect your computer with malware.

"Once your computer is infected with malware, cyber criminals may be able to access your personal and financial information which could be used to defraud you.

"GMP would never send out correspondence via email requesting payment of fines nor will we ask for your personal and financial information.

"GMP's cyber crime team have acted swiftly in relation to these reports and have removed the offending website which was hosted outside of the UK."

– Detective Inspector Martin Hopkinson
  • People are being urged to delete any such emails and ensure they always have the most up- to-date security software.

  • You can report any such activity direct to action fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or phone 0300 123 2040.

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