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Cautions 'to be scrapped' in system overhaul

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Cautions are set to be scrapped in England and Wales as part of an overhaul in the way out-of-court disposals are dealt with.

Ministers want to replace existing disposals available to police officers, which include cautions and cannabis warnings, with a new two-tier approach requiring offenders to take one or more actions.

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Detective on Manchester murder investigation

Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick said: "This tragic incident is only a few hours old so it is far too early to go into exactly what has happened and why.

"All we can say for certain is that a man has tragically died after being shot and his family are absolutely devastated. Our thoughts are with them and we will be providing them as much support as they need at this very difficult and upsetting time.


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Businessman shot dead in armed robbery

A man has died after being shot in Openshaw Credit: ITV Granada

A man has died after being shot near to a food wholesaler's in Manchester.

The victim, believed to be 35, was blasted in the stomach and chest near Manchester Food Traders on Wood Street in Openshaw.

Police were called at 6.20pm on Friday evening following reports of a man with a gun and discovered the injured person.

He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

The scene of the shooting in Openshaw.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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.


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.

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
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