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Week of action against modern slavery

Police forces in the North West are joining a national week of action against modern slavery and human trafficking.

Officers will be carrying out educational visits to businesses that employ a large number of foreign workers and raising awareness of what they say is a growing problem.

Lancashire police say they have made 25 arrests linked to trafficking and slavery over the past 5 years. Over the past year, they have seen 32 referrals of vulnerable adults and children who were identified as potential victims or at risk.

"It is a complex area of policing and identifying it can be difficult, but we are already making progress in Lancashire.

"Only last month we became the first force in England and Wales to obtain an Interim Slavery and Trafficking Order against a man in Nelson.

"In June and July we executed warrants in Blackburn and Preston in which three Romanian women were found to be the victims of slavery and trafficking and are now being supported in their home country, with those arrested and charged awaiting further court proceedings."

– Detective Superintendent Sue Cawley, Lancashire Police

As well as the public awareness campaign this week, Lancashire Police say they will be raising awareness among officers and carrying out refresher training.


Manchester police cuts will mean force has to say 'no' and make impossible decisions about where to help

Inspector Ian Hanson, Police Federation

The Police Federation are warning cuts to policing in Manchester may mean the only time someone may see a policeman is when they're being arrested.

Since the coalition government started its austerity programme in 2009 Greater Manchester Police has been told to make cuts totalling £185 million.

It's had to lose 1300 officers and now faces the bleak prospect of dipping below 5000 officers - the mark it regards as breaking point.

The government on the other hand says its reforms have made policing easier.

Now the federation has launched the #WhatDoWeStop campaign to ask the public where they think the savings can be made.

Merseyside police officer takes on Nepal charity challenge after learning to walk again

For one Merseyside police officer just pounding the beat is a major achievement.

Jane Sargeant has been learning to walk again after an operation on her back left her unable to use her legs.

The detective is slowly getting back on her feet and now she's taking on challenges to raise money for a children's charity.

Tim Scott reports.


Man arrested on suspicion of murder

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police were called to Carnaby Street, Moston at around 6am this morning following reports that a 50-year-old man had been found dead.

A 48-year-old man's been arrested on suspicion of murder.

He remains in police custody for questioning.

Police find drugs and gun in Moss Side raid

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Police have recovered a firearm and a quantity of drugs during raids on at a house on Lindum Street in Moss Side this morning.

During the raid they found a loaded automatic handgun and a quantity of heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis. The estimated street value of the drugs is £10,000.

A 23 year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of firearms and drugs offences and remains in police custody

Drugs and firearms are the scourge of communities and this warrant has helped us make the streets a safer place. We are determined to rid our neighbourhood of firearms and drugs but need help from residents. I would ask anyone who may have information to contact police as soon as possible.

– DI Tony Norman from the Xcalibre Task Force

Three men charged over death of a teenager

Three men have been charged with murder after a teenager was found dead in Merseyside on New Year's Day.

Jordan Campbell, 17, was found at a flat in in Tickle Avenue, St Helens, Merseyside at about 12:00.

Police had been called to reports of an assault at about 11:55, when they saw smoke coming from the property.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service extinguished a number of small fires inside the flat.

Firefighters found the body of the teenager, who was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of a single stab wound.

Police officers injured after brawl in Blackpool

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Police are continuing to question twelve people after a brawl involving up to 500 youths broke out in Blackpool.

Police were pelted with missiles, including cans, as they responded to reports of disorder in Bank Hey Street and Victoria Street on Friday night.

Three officers received minor injuries with police eventually bringing the situation under control after an hour.

Twelve people, aged 13 to 22, have been arrested for a variety of public order offences.

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