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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.

Police investigated over 'bad behaviour' online

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A number of police employees across the region are among those investigated for breaking social media rules. Some of the behaviour reported nationally included 'threatening and racist' comments on social networking sites.

New figures over a 5 year period show Greater Manchester Police reported the most investigations (88). In Lancashire, a member of civilian staff received a written warning over derogatory remarks posted on their Facebook page about a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) who had issued the staff member with a fine for dog fouling. A Pc with the same force also received management action after it was alleged they made inappropriate remarks on Facebook regarding someone's wife.

A fellow constable resigned over their "excessive and inappropriate use of the internet during working hours", in particular the Pc's use of online auction sites, internet banking and social networking sites.

A colleague received counselling after an investigation into a Facebook photo of the staff member asleep whilst on duty in the Control Room.

Police taking Hillsborough requests "seriously" - Liverpool MP

Police forces appear to be taking requests for Hillsborough evidence seriously, a Liverpool MP said, after all 43 in England and Wales responded to a watchdog request for information.

Home Secretary Theresa May wrote to the chief constable of every English and Welsh force in March to request they searched their records to find out if they possessed any material related to the 1989 tragedy, in which 96 people died.

Mrs May said she understands all have replied to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is assessing the responses.

She added she expects a full report "in due course".

It's encouraging in as much as it appears at long last these forces are taking requests seriously and that's not always been the case.

– Steve Rotheram MP, Liverpool Walton

The purpose of the letter was to assist the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Operation Resolve in recovering any material which had not already been provided.

I understand that all forces have now responded to the IPCC and I am aware that the IPCC is currently assessing these responses. I am expecting a full report from them in due course.

– Theresa May, Home Secretary

We can confirm that all police forces have responded to the IPCC following the Home Secretary's letter about Hillsborough documents.

We are in the process of assessing responses and will provide a full update to her and to families in due course.

– Statement by the Independent Police Complaints Commission
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