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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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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.

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Police crackdown leads to child exploitation arrests

Eleven people have been arrested by Greater Manchester Police as part of an investigation into child sex exploitation.

The force said the suspects were not acting as a gang. The allegations include rape, abduction and child prostitution.

It comes after claims by former officers from the force about the difficulty of securing prosecutions in child exploitation cases.

ITV News' Rebecca Barry reports:

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Sexual exploitation offences "centred on Longsight"

11 held on multiple child sex charges in Manchester

Eleven people, aged between 19 and 38 have been arrested for multiple sexual offences against children in a crackdown by child protection agencies and police into child sexual exploitation in south Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police said offences included:

  • Sexual activity with a child
  • Attempted indecent assault
  • Inciting a child into prostitution
  • Abduction
  • Rape
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