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Post-mortem confirms Paul Massey shot dead

Police have confirmed that a businessman from Salford died after being shot outside his home.

Paul Massey was murdered on Sunday evening in the garden of his home in Clifton.

Paul Massey was shot dead outside his home Credit: MEN Syndication

Officers say he was shot four times, including a fatal wound to the chest.

Police also say the offender was white and of slim build and was wearing a hat, possibly fisherman style, a face covering, a green or khaki long-sleeved top and combat style trousers tucked into black, lace-up boots. He was carrying a black gun.

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Police Federation: MP is 'ill-informed and out of touch'

The Greater Manchester Police Federation says Blackley and Broughton MP Graham Stringer is "ill-informed and out of touch" after his comments following the murder of Paul Massey.

Graham Stringer claimed the force had "de-prioritised" gun crime, leading to a rise in offences.

But Ian Hanson, Chair of Greater Manchester Police Federation, said: "“Yet again we see an ill-informed and out of touch politician courting the media to try and gain some cheap publicity on the back of the efforts of the men and women who make up GMP and every day do a difficult and dangerous job in trying keep the streets of Greater Manchester safe.

“Mr Stringer has shown an astounding lack of knowledge of fact and detail and I am surprised he has done this in such a public manner.

“Despite what he tries to assert as fact, the reality is that firearms discharges in GMP are now lower than they were when Mike Todd was Chief Constable."

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Police say they're working to establish a motive over Massey murder

“Our thoughts are with the family of Paul at this distressing time and we have specially trained officers supporting them.

“We know that shots were fired at Paul and do not believe this was a random attack. We are still working to establish a motive, which is not yet known.

“We have extra officers in the area to offer reassurance to the community and if anyone has any concerns, please talk to our officers.

“If you were in the area at the time and saw anyone acting suspiciously in the minutes before the shooting, or saw anyone leaving the scene, please contact police.

“I would urge anybody with information about what happened last night to come forward. I want to reiterate that any information received will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

– Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle, Greater Manchester Police

Police Commissioner urges community to help catch those behind Massey murder

ny Lloyd, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Credit: Press Association.

“This is of course a personal tragedy for the family of the victim and our thoughts are with them.

“The police, quite rightly, want to reassure the public that they can go about their business without fear.

"Through the ongoing Operation Gulf, police in Salford have been cracking down on violent crime in recent years and this intensive work has improved confidence in the police.

"But they cannot work alone. It’s only when members of the community come forward with local knowledge and information, that the police will be able to arrest those responsible and bring them to justice.

“I am therefore asking anyone with any information about this incident to please come forward and speak to police directly or contact Crimestoppers in complete confidence.”

– Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner
Rebecca Long Bailey, MP for Salford and Eccles Credit: Manchester Evening News.

“Like many people across Salford I am shocked to hear of the death of Paul Massey who has been a well-known figure in Salford for many years.

"My thoughts are with his family and the residents of Clifton who are no doubt shaken and frightened by this terrible incident which took place in this quiet and otherwise safe area."

– Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey
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