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CCTV released after armed robbery in Urmston

CCTV images have been released by police after an armed robbery on a delivery truck in Greater Manchester.

A delivery driver was unloading his truck outside the One Stop store on Humphrey Lane when he was approached by two men who'd got out of a green Ford Focus estate car.

The robbery took place on the morning of the 28th of September.

The first offender, wearing a ski mask, a dark-coloured jacket and a light-coloured hood, climbed on to the tailgate of the truck.

The second offender, who was wearing a light-coloured hoody, assisted him by taking a large quantity of cigarettes from the truck and put them inside the Ford Focus.

After noticing what was happening, the delivery driver pushed a trolley in the direction of the first offender, causing him to jump off the tailgate.

He then brandished an eight-inch knife at the delivery driver and a female member of staff who came out of the store after hearing the commotion.

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Police are appealing for information and are particularly keen to hear from anyone who has any information about the Ford Focus, which had a registration plate starting with X497.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and quote the reference number 616 of 28/09/16, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Tribute to Urmston man: 'A really likeable man who lived life to the full'

Phillip Owen Credit: GMP

The family of a 42 year old man who died in Urmston have paid tribute to him.

Phillip Owen's body was found at his home on Gloucester Road at 7pm last Sunday evening.

He had a single stab wound to his neck.

Detectives have launched a murder investigation and are now appealing to the public for information.

He was a good brother and son and always worked really hard at everything he did. He could make friends in a second and was a really likeable person who lived live to the full.

– Family tribute

This is now a murder enquiry and we will do everything we can to bring those responsible to justice.

“Our thoughts are with Phillip’s family at this difficult time and specially trained officers are on hand to offer their support.

“We are now appealing for the public’s help with our investigation, any information you have could be a vital part of the jigsaw.

“The loss of any loved one is heart breaking but for the victim’s family and friends to lose him like this must be unbearable and I would urge anyone with knowledge to get in touch with us.”

– Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick, Head of GMP’s Major Incident Team

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 2397 of 30/10/16, or Crimestoppers,

Man found dead in Urmston was 'days away' from celebrating his birthday

63-year-old Jia Li Huang was found dead in a property in Urmston on Monday having suffered head injuries. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man who was discovered dead in a property in Greater Manchester was just days away from celebrating his birthday, his grieving family revealed.

Police launched a murder inquiry after 63-year-old Jia Li Huang was found dead in a property in Urmston on Monday having suffered head injuries.

A man was tasered at the scene in response to his "aggressive behaviour" before being arrested on suspicion of murder, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

The 63-year-old, a British national with Chinese and Vietnamese heritage, was described as an "amazing" family man by his two daughters and son.

"My father was an amazing person, he was brave and he thought he was invincible, but sadly his life was taken away.

"He would sometimes speak about how much he loved our mother and how they had plans to grow old together, he can now do that and be at peace with her.

"This was not supposed to happen, he was supposed to come home, have dinner and nap on the couch, just a normal family evening.

"We were ready to celebrate his birthday on Friday and then after that wish him to have lots of fun on his holiday to Vietnam and China to see his family.

"We never thought we would lose our father this way. It is such a horrible way to die, he never deserved this, he was a good man."

– Family statement

Officers discovered the victim's body after they were called to Atkinson Road, Urmston, at around 12.30pm on Monday to reports of concerns for the welfare of a woman with a head injury.

She was taken to hospital for treatment, while the arrested man remains in custody.

"We are in the very early stages of our inquiries but I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family of this man.

"Local residents may notice an increase in police presence as we conduct our inquiries and should they have any concerns about this incident then I would say feel free to approach these officers and raise them."

– Detective Inspector Carl Gilbert, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anybody with information should contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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