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Police step up patrols at Manchester Christmas markets

Police have stepped up patrols at Manchester's Christmas markets. Credit: PA

Police have stepped up patrols at Manchester's Christmas markets following the suspected terrorist attack in Berlin.

Greater Manchester Police said they had strengthened their presence at the markets, which have almost 350 stalls spread across 10 sites in the city, but say there has been no information or intelligence suggesting an imminent attack in the city.

Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Ford from Greater Manchester Police said: "We will be working in line with the national response and have strengthened our policing presence at the Manchester Christmas Markets and stepped up visible patrols, to ensure that people feel safe to go about their daily lives."

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Police searching for absconded rapist in Manchester

Greater Manchester Police are searching for Luke Jones. Credit: Greater Manchester Police/PA

Greater Manchester Police have launched a manhunt for a convicted rapist who disappeared days after being released from prison on licence.

Luke Jones, 25, who had been jailed in 2012 for raping a 25-year-old woman in Manchester City Centre, was released on licence on September 16.

The police said Jones had been ordered to live at a bail hostel in Bury under the conditions of his licence but he has absconded from the hostel.

The public are being warned he could potentially pose a risk and not to approach him.

We are following a number of lines of enquiry in our efforts to trace Luke Jones but have so far been unable to find him.

We believe he may be in the city centre area but it is possible that he could be in other areas of Manchester.

I would urge anybody with information about his whereabouts to contact police. Do not approach him but call police immediately.

– GMP Detective Sergeant Steph Parker

Detectives have appealed for anybody with information to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 2149 of 23/09/16, or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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