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Murder probe launched after man shot dead in Manchester

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man died of gunshot wounds in Manchester.

Officers were called to reports of a man with a gun at Manchester Food Traders on Wood Street in Openshaw at around 6.20pm.

Armed officers were scrambled to the scene and found a man with two gunshot wounds to his abdomen and chest.

The man, believed to be 35, was taken to hospital but died as a result of his injuries, Greater Manchester Police said.

A murder investigation has been launched and detectives are appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

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Almost four million fraud crimes 'left out' of survey

Statistics in fraud should be interpreted with caution, according to the Office for National Statistics, after analysis revealed almost four million crimes were being left out of official figures.

The data body revealed since the Crime Survey for England and Wales began in 1981, the primary set of offences covered has remained unchanged, with crimes such as credit card fraud not included.

Almost four million fraud crimes 'left out' of survey Credit: PA

Plastic card fraud and bank and building society fraud were reported to have contributed between 3.6 and 3.8 million incidents of crime to the total 7.3 million crimes recorded.

The report said: "Action Fraud have taken over the recording of fraud offences on behalf of individual police forces. The process began in April 2011 and was rolled out to all police forces by March 2013.

"Due to this change, caution should be applied when comparing data over this transitional period and with earlier years".

New law shows Government 'takes emotional abuse seriously'

Government plans to strengthen domestic violence laws to better support victims of psychological and emotional abuse are partly about sending a message "that this is a crime, we are taking it seriously", a Home Office minister told Good Morning Britain.

Norman Baker MP said this would give victims the confidence to come forwards.

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Damage done by psychological abuse 'too often overlooked'

The damage inflicted by coercive behaviour in relationships is "too often overlooked", according to the Shadow Home Secretary.

Yvette Cooper welcomed the launch of a consultation on strengthening the domestic violence law, but said the Government still needs to do more.

The criminal justice system needs to recognise the damage done by repeated psychological abuse and coercive control which is too often overlooked - the Government's agreement to this consultation is a welcome tribute to those who have campaigned hard for change.

But Theresa May just isn't doing enough to reverse the backwards slide in action against domestic violence or support for victims on her watch.

Prosecutions and convictions as a proportion of recorded domestic crime are falling. And over the last four years over 10,000 perpetrators of domestic violence have been handed only community resolutions, with many simply being asked to apologise to their victim.

– Yvette Cooper

Domestic violence law to cover psychological abuse

Government plans could see the law on domestic violence strengthened to cover non-physical abuse. Credit: PA

Coercive and controlling behaviour in relationships could become just as criminal as physical abuse, under a proposed new law.

The Government have put a new offence of 'domestic abuse' out for consultation.

Launched by Home Secretary Theresa May, the consultation will consider whether the current law needs to be strengthened to better protect victims of psychological and emotional abuse.

The offence will cover behaviour such as threatening a partner with violence, cutting them off from friends and family, or refusing them access to money.

Under existing law, intimidation of this kind is covered by legislation that covers stalking and harassment, but this does not explicitly apply to intimate relationships.

Dying pensioner beaten up by muggers in Manchester

A pensioner who is dying of cancer was beaten up by robbers in a "cowardly and vicious attack" as he walked home from a pub in Manchester.

Two men knocked the 69-year-old to the ground before kicking him in the stomach, standing on his back and emptying his wallet and throwing it back at him, police said.

He later received treatment for two broken ribs.

Greater Manchester Police are appealing for information about the man's attackers. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive

Detectives are appealing for information about the robbery, which took place just after midnight on August 5 near the Angel pub in Wood Street, Denton, Greater Manchester.

Detective Constable Fiona Rigby said: "This was a vicious and cowardly attack on a frail and dying man.

"He has terminal cancer and is very ill. In fact he doesn't have long to live. One of his remaining pleasures in life is to walk to his local pub for a couple of beers with his friends.

"Now, because of the despicable actions of these cowards, this modest pleasure has been utterly destroyed."

The hooded attackers are described as about 20 years old, 5ft 8in or 5ft 9in, with local accents. One was wearing a light grey tracksuit while the other had a black tracksuit on.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 9484 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555.

American tourist's body found stuffed in suitcase in Bali

The body of an American woman has been found stuffed inside a suitcase in Bali.

The suitcase containing 62-year-old Sheila von Wiese-Mack from Chicago was discovered in the boot of a taxi in front of the St Regis Bali Resort.

Police have arrested her daughter Heather Mack, 19, and her daughter's boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, in connection with the death.

Kuta beach in Bali near where Miss Mack and her boyfriend were arrested. Credit: Reuters

Colonel Djoko Hari Utomo, the police chief in Bali's capital Denpasar, said CCTV footage shows that the victim had an argument with Mr Schaefer on Monday in the hotel's lobby.

Forensic expert Ida Bagus Putu Alit said the victim had been "hit by a blunt object and the blows were concentrated on the face and head".

"There were signs of a struggle by the victim as there were bruises on her arms and some fingers were broken," Alit added.

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