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Manchester MP 'disgusted' by attack on poppy seller

Labour MP for Manchester Central, Lucy Powell, has said she is "appalled and disgusted" to hear of an attack on a young cadet selling poppies:

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'Jolly' shop owner shot dead leaves behind young family

A shop owner shot dead by armed robbers as he locked up his Manchester store has been named as Pragaret Singh, a 35-year-old husband and father to three young children.

Mr Singh, known to family and friends as Charlie, died in hospital after being shot in the chest and abdomen as he left Manchester Food Traders in Openshaw on Friday.

Tributes have been paid on Facebook by friends and family of Pragaret 'Charlie' Singh. Credit: Facebook

Mr Singh's brother Tiggy told the Manchester Evening News his brother was a hard-working family man with a wife, Sukhwinder, and children aged two, five and seven.

He told the paper: "He was robbed of his life. He was happy, jolly and full of life - he never said anything bad about anyone. He was the kind of person who'd go out of his way to help anyone in need."

Army cadet suffers burns in attack after selling poppies

A 15-year-old Army Cadet suffered burns to his face after he was attacked just minutes after selling poppies for Remembrance Day.

The incident happened at 6pm yesterday as the boy was waiting at a bus stop in Manchester.

George Street, Manchester. Credit: Google Maps

The teenager was wearing his camouflaged uniform having spent the day in the city centre selling poppies and collecting money.

He was approached by a man who is believed to have produced an aerosol can and a lighter which he used to spray lit fumes in the direction of the teenager.

The Cadet suffered minor reddening to his face and singed hairs on his face and right forearm.

The attacker is described as being black or Asian, 5ft 8in tall and wearing a dark hooded top.

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Police appeal to parents to find Scream-masked youths

Police have appealed to parents who may have seen their children going out in Scream-type masks on Halloween after the assault of a young woman in Manchester.

This young woman has suffered a traumatic ordeal at the hands of four individuals who were dressed in Halloween-type masks ...

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault will know just how frightening it must have been for this victim, and given the offenders were wearing masks designed to be scary means it must have been a truly harrowing and scary few minutes for this woman.

The purpose of this appeal is not to unduly alarm the community but it is important we let people know what has happened so they can both be vigilant and help us track down these cowardly offenders.

If you know of anyone who might be involved, then please call us.

If you are a parent and you know your child went out with friends dressed in these type of masks and you have suspicions then, please, do the right thing and call us.

– SUPERINTENDENT NEIL EVANS, GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE

Police are appealing for anyone who has information about the assault to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal to parents to find Scream-masked youths

Police have appealed to parents who may have seen their children going out in Scream-type masks on Halloween after the assault of a young woman in Manchester:

This young woman has suffered a traumatic ordeal at the hands of four individuals who were dressed in Halloween-type masks ...

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault will know just how frightening it must have been for this victim, and given the offenders were wearing masks designed to be scary means it must have been a truly harrowing and scary few minutes for this woman.

The purpose of this appeal is not to unduly alarm the community but it is important we let people know what has happened so they can both be vigilant and help us track down these cowardly offenders.

If you know of anyone who might be involved, then please call us.

If you are a parent and you know your child went out with friends dressed in these type of masks and you have suspicions then, please, do the right thing and call us.

– Superintendent Neil Evans, greater manchester police

Police are appealing for anyone who has information about the assault to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Woman sexually assaulted by youths wearing Scream masks

A woman was sexually assaulted by a group of teenagers wearing Halloween masks last night, police said.

The 22-year-old victim was approached by four youths who were wearing Scream-type masks before she was dragged to the ground and sexually assaulted before she raised the alarm.

Map of Greater Manchester (marker shows location of the assault) Credit: Google Maps

Police said one of the teenagers was chubby and in his early teens while another was tall and wearing white trainers. The attackers were wearing dark clothing.

Greater Manchester Police said the woman was walking along Sunningdale Road in the Haughton Green area of Denton last night when she was attacked.

Police are appealing for anyone who has information about the assault to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Shooting victim grappled with armed robbers who fled with 'large' amount of money

Greater Manchester Police said Mr Singh grappled with at least one of the offenders before he was shot and the two robbers fled with a large amount of money.

Police have launched a murder investigation into the death and are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

One of the men involved was described as black, in his 20s or 30s, with spikey knotted hair, clean shaven, of a tall slim build and wearing a jacket with the sleeves rolled up.

Police are also appealing to anyone with information about the movements of a small silver car, possibly a Vauxhall, which may have been used by the offenders and drove off towards Ashton Old Road after the shooting.

Anyone with information should call the force on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

His death will undoubtedly cause a mixture of shock and anxiety in the local community so I would like to reassure people who live and work in this area that we will leave absolutely no stone unturned to find out who was responsible for Charlie’s tragic murder.

– Assisant Chief Constable Zoe Sheard, Greater Manchester Police
Mr Singh's business premises today. Credit: ITV News
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Manchester shooting victim was killed in armed robbery

The scene of the murder of Mr Singh. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Police have confirmed a businessman shot dead in Manchester was the victim of a robbery.

Armed robbers targeted father-of-three Pragaret Singh outside his company, Manchester Food Traders, as he was locking up for the night.

"Although this investigation remains in its infancy, at this stage we believe Charlie's death was the result of simply trying to protect his business from armed robbers, during which he was shot at least twice.

"We believe Charlie has grappled with at least one of the offenders to protect his business and during that struggle he suffered fatal gunshot wounds.

"His family are absolutely and utterly distraught and our thoughts are with them. At this stage of our inquiry we believe this is the tragic death of an innocent businessman and father-of-three who was simply trying to protect his livelihood from criminals. As a result, Charlie's entire family have suffered an unimaginable loss."

– Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick, Greater Manchester Police

Mr Singh - known to family and friends as Charlie - was shot twice, in the stomach and the chest as he locked up his business, a wholesale food firm based on an industrial estate on Wood Street in Openshaw.

Police were called at 6.20pm yesterday following reports of a man with a gun and discovered the victim.

He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Mr Singh's family said the killers were: "callous, cold-hearted murderers with no regard for human life".

Miliband: Labour will replace Lords with Senate

Ed Miliband arrives at Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Ed Miliband will say the House of Lords should be replaced with an elected Senate at Labour’s North West conference in Blackpool today.

Mr Miliband is expected to say:

We’re going to reverse a century of centralisation and make sure that £30 billion of resources is devolved to the city and country regions that need it.

Labour has a radical plan for spreading power and prosperity across the great towns, cities regions and nations so that the recovery reaches your town square – not just the Square Mile of the City of London.

And today I am announcing plans to give the regions and nations greater power and a stronger voice in Westminster too.

When people say that they are turned off from politics and that it doesn’t represent them, we have to do something about it.

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