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Police hunt for dangerous offender

John Parkes

Police in Manchester are searching for a man wanted for attempted GBH and theft.

John Parkes from Blackley is wanted for a serious assault and theft that took place on Scawton Walk on Saturday 21 June.

Sergeant Stacy Jackson said: "Parkes is a dangerous offender that has used violence in the past and is not to be approached by members of the public.

"Should anybody be found to be assisting or harbouring this wanted man, they too will face being arrested and a possible prison sentence of their own."

CCTV appeal after attempted robbery at Moston bookmaker

Police have released CCTV pictures after two men attempted to rob a bookmaker in Moston, Manchester.

The incident happened at around 8.15pm on Friday, June 13, when two men got out of a dark blue Ford Focus which was parked outside Coral bookmakers on Moston Lane.

They went inside and one of the men, who was armed with a meat cleaver, went to the cashier’s desk and demanded money.

He attempted to smash the security glass while the other man stayed by the door.

Both men left empty handed when the alarm was set off.

They got into the same car parked outside and drove away.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident.

The offenders are described as black and both were wearing balaclavas and dark clothing with the hood up. One is described as around 6ft tall and slim while the other is around 5ft 6in tall and stocky.

Detective Constable Nick Kershaw said: “The dark blue Ford Focus had tinted back windows and was parked outside the bookmakers for several minutes before the two offenders went inside.

"We would ask if anyone saw this car or the two men before or after the robbery to contact police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 3925 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Boys injured in BB gun attack in north Manchester

An image of the man police want to trace Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police are hunting a gunman who threatened teenage boys with a BB gun in north Manchester.

Two 14-year-old victims were walking along a wooded short cut between Belthorne Avenue and Moston Lane.

Police say two men walked up to the boys and one of them asked them to hand over their phones.

When they said no, one of the robbers produced a gas-powered BB gun and shot one of the boys in the head.

He then went to reload the gun and the victims took the chance to run away.** **One boy received a cut to his ear and side of the head while the other needed to have surgery to remove the ball bearing from the back of his head.

The man with the gun is described as about 20 years-old with short ginger hair and a light ginger beard.

He was about 5ft 11in tall with a tall, stocky build and wearing dark blue jeans and a light grey hoodie. His accomplice was of a similar age with dark hair, about 6ft tall and had a full black beard.

Detective Constable Mike Keogh, based at North Manchester Divisional HQ, said: “To fire a BB gun at someone’s head from point-blank range is an horrific thing to do, even by the standards of armed robbery.

“Had the pellet hit the face or an eye then this could easily have been a murder investigation.

“Thankfully his injuries were mainly superficial but that doesn’t lessen the seriousness of this crime.

“I want people to now take a good look at the evofit image and let us know of you have seen this man.

He has short ginger hair, as well as a ginger beard, and the second man had a full black beard.

They would make quite a distinctive pair at the time so I am confident that someone would have seen them.”

Two men charged after Moston 'fight'

Two men have been charged after a man was critically injured following reports of a fight in Moston.

Shortly before 1.45am on Tuesday police were called to Hillier Street North to a number of reports that people were fighting in the street. The group had dispersed by the time officers got there.

Paramedics treated a 41-year-old man at the scene for a serious head injury. He was taken to hospital for treatment, where he remains in a critical condition.

Jake Roland of Hillier Street North, Moston has been charged with assault and affray as has Cane Mill of Droylsden Road, Newton Heath.

Three other men, aged 17, 19 and 19 have been bailed until 21 October 2013 pending further enquiries.

Man murdered in Moston formally identified

A man who was found dead in his home in Moston has been formally identified.

Robert Jackson, a popular DJ on the Manchester music scene, was found with stab wounds on Sunday evening.

Robert Jackson Credit: MEN Syndication

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from a blow to the head and multiple stab wounds.

His 13-year-old daughter Ayesha was also stabbed remains in a critical condition in hospital.

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Man died from a blow to the head and multiple stab wounds

Robert Jackson Credit: MEN Syndication

The post-mortem examination results of a man who was found dead at his home in Moston revealed he died from a blow to the head and multiple stab wounds.

Robert Jackson, a popular DJ on the Manchester music scene, was found with stab wounds on Sunday evening.

His 13-year-old daughter Ayesha was also stabbed remains in a critical condition in hospital.

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