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Man jailed for knocking over GMP officer

Kaine O'Connor Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A van driver who injured a police officer after driving at him has been jailed.

23 year old Kaine O'Connor Kaine O’Connor of Fulham Avenue in Manchester was sentenced to four years at Manchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer and driving offences.

Police were attending a disturbance on Sandyhill Road in Blackley last October when they became aware of a van with cloned number plates and officers suspected the driver may have been drunk.

When they approached the van O'Connor tried to drive away, hitting several cars and seriously injuring the officer's leg.

O’Connor was incredibly reckless as he manically drove at anything in his way, showing absolutely no regard for the safety of others.

The incident unfolded outside a busy nursery at peak time but miraculously no-one else was seriously injured. The mother who was inside the Audi at the time was understandably left incredibly shaken and her child had to be checked over at hospital.

My thoughts remain with our injured colleague as he recovers from this horrific ordeal at home with his family and I can only commend his incredible bravery throughout this entire process.

I also want to recognise the innocent people who were sadly caught up in his rampage and those who had to witness it.

I firmly believe that O’Connor is where he deserves to be – locked away behind bars where he can’t mindlessly hurt anyone else.

– Detective Constable Terry Macmillan, Greater Manchester Police

The incident resulted in me receiving injuries which at the time I thought would end my career with GMP, the force I joined 16 years ago to help the people of Greater Manchester.

The scars I have sustained will be with me for life and will be a constant reminder of the scariest day of my career.

O’Connor’s actions have also had a significant impact on my wife and son, who couldn’t understand why someone would want to hurt me.

I want to thank my family, friends and colleagues for their love and support throughout my recovery along with the medical professionals who have been incredible.

– Officer who was injured

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'Tourist tax' for Liverpool?

A tourist tax could be used to fund cultural events Credit: ITV Granada

Liverpool City Council are debating proposals to introduce a voluntary tourist tax.

The cash raised would be used to fund cultural events and help generate jobs and training amongst other things.

The City Council says that the Scottish Government are already consulting on the idea, and that there are many precedents from other major cities around the world.

The Council says that if the proposals are accepted they would then take their case to the government.

Police investigate perjury claims at HMP Manchester

John Ahmed Credit: MEN Syndication

Police are investigating claims of perjury and misconduct after the death of an inmate at HMP Manchester.

John Ahmed was on remand at the jail when he died in 20-15.

He'd been in a tussle with guards.

An inquest found that force did play a part in his death and the coroner raised concerns with the police about some of the evidence heard.

The force is now investigating claims of 'perjury and misconduct in public office.'

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