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Former police officer: Moss Side shooting feels like 'return to the Bad Old Days' of gang culture

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A former police officer who worked in the area of Moss Side where a shooting took place at the weekend says it feels like a return to "the bad old days" of gang culture.

A crowd of people suffered pellet-type wounds after shots were fired in the city's Moss Side area in the early hours of Sunday.

Two of the ten taken to hospital were children.

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A former superintendent and firearms officer who worked to reduce gang crime in the 1980s and 1990s has given us his reaction:

Moss Side community groups have been working for years to shake off a reputation for violent crime.

Martin Harding says gang culture cannot vanish overnight, and that more resources need to be assigned to local police forces to let them properly protect their communities.

The people in Moss Side are doing their best to remove that gang culture, and get back to a normal way of life where they can do what everybody else wants to do: grow old, grow happy, see their children grow up in safety, and be able to go to events and not have shotguns discharged into packed crowds.

– Martin Harding

Chief Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry said police were working on the premise the weapon used was a shotgun and are investigating whether the victims were targeted.

They are treated the incident as attempted murder.

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