Three cleared over robbery plot

Three men have been cleared of plotting a robbery with a father-of-two who was shot dead by police. Anthony Grainger, 26, died of a gunshot wound to the chest after the vehicle he was in was stopped in a car park in the village of Culcheth in Cheshire on March 3.

Armed officers swooped on the stolen Audi in a "pre-planned operation" as a police officer fired a bullet which passed through the windscreen and hit Mr Grainger. His associates, David Totton, 33, and Joseph Travers, 27, were arrested at the scene wearing balaclavas rolled up on their heads.

Another man, Robert Rimmer, 26, was arrested the next day. Mr Totton, of Rochdale Road, Manchester, Mr Travers, of no fixed address, and Mr Rimmer, of Ainsbrook Avenue, New Moston, were found not guilty of conspiracy to rob by a jury at Manchester Crown Court.