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  1. Launched last weekend (2 September) the workshops are delivered by highly qualified traffic police officers from GMP’s Safer Roads Targeting Team and include an observed ride,interactive presentations, discussions and safety advice. The initiative aims to reduce the number of road traffic collisions involving motorbikes by further improving the skills, knowledge and hazard awareness of experienced riders. Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin from GMP’s Road Policing Unit said: Public engagement and operational enforcement continues to be a priority for GMP and a recent week of action saw officers from the road policing unit on patrol across Greater Manchester, advising both drivers and motorcyclists and targeting riders who behave in an anti-social manner which can often cause serious and fatal collisions. Chief Inspector Parkin continued... More information and details of how to book on a BikeSafe workshop can be found on the website: www.bikesafe.co.uk/greater-manchester Keep up-to-date with BikeSafe GMP by following @gmptraffic on Twitter and using the hashtag #bikeSafeGMP
  2. ACC Hussain started his career at WYP in uniform in Bradford and, over the last few years, has progressed through the ranks working as a Detective, in strategic Force postings and a period as the temporary Commander for Leeds - the largest policing district outside of London at the time. The MBE recipient has been the Force lead on local policing, crime and the head of Force performance, becoming the District Commander for Wakefield in 2016. He was given the Queen’s honour during her birthday celebrations this year for his services to policing and charity. ACC Hussain is a Gold firearms & public order commander, overseeing large events such as Chapeltown Carnival, Leeds United home games and, most recently, protests between the National Front and counter protestors in July this year. ACC Hussain said: Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said:
  3. The 24-7 Control Room Triage Service will be delivered by North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, working in partnership with Greater Manchester Police. It will ultimately help to reduce demand on emergency services. Launching in August, the service will see trained mental health professionals based at the Clayton Brook communications centre, assessing incidents relating to mental health and providing advice and support to police staff, to help avoid unnecessary deployments of police officers. Mental health staff will also provide expert clinical advice to police officers through telephone or video conferencing, supporting them to make the right decisions when responding to incidents involving people who are experiencing mental health problems. The new service has been commissioned by Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the 10 NHS clinical commissioning groups in Greater Manchester. Gail Briers, Chief Nurse and Executive Director of Operational Clinical Services at North West Boroughs Healthcare, said: Dr Chris Daly, Medical Director for Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust said: Henry Ticehurst, Medical Director at Pennine Care said: Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Bev Hughes said:
  4. Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable, Ian Hopkins, has spoken out after it was claimed that people may potentially be fined for going 1mph over the speed limit. The move has been slammed by motorists and some MP's as being utter stupidity with some questioning if those in charge are actually living in the real world. Mr Hopkins was one of the Chief Constables to speak against any plans to reduce the tolerance levels at National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC). He said: GMP remains committed to reducing deaths and serious injuries on the roads. Around 50 people a year lose their lives on the roads of Greater Manchester, a figure that has been at the same level for the last five years.
  5. Update: Anthony has now been found The last known sighting of Anthony was at 6pm on Friday 17 August at the Morrison’s supermarket in Eccles town centre. It is believed could have taken the Metrolink but it is not known where to. Anthony is white, and described as around 5ft 6in tall, of stocky build and with white/grey hair combed back. He has a slight squint in his left eye, is hard of hearing and has no teeth. He was last seen wearing a black Adidas jacket, a blue t-shirt, blue trousers and black pointy dress shoes. Anthony has not taken important medication and his family are incredibly concerned. Anyone who has any information that could help police find Anthony is asked to get in touch as soon as possible on 0161 856 5420 , alternatively call 101.
  6. Katie Henderson has copped the top job and joined GMP Museum to lead it as the new curator. The museum is currently one of the top rated attractions in Manchester on TripAdvisor. With more than 10 years’ experience of working in museums in the North West, Katie now wants to bring even more people into the GMP Museum based in Newton Street, Manchester City Centre. More than 17,000 people visit the GMP Museum every year. Katie said: Katie, who lives in Chorley, has a degree in Classical Studies and has worked at the Museum of Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool and Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust. GMP Museum is on Newton Street, Manchester and is open 10.30 am - 3.30 pm (doors close at 3pm) every Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays. Bookings for private visits and research can be made for Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (term time).
  7. During the long summer break, there is a temptation for young people to get involved in activities that may seem like harmless fun but can be seen differently by other people or carry serious consequences if things get out of hand. Safe4Summer aims to provide young people with enough activities to banish boredom and offers advice about personal safety as well as promoting messages about social responsibility. In addition to offering advice to young people, police are urging the community to help make their local area a safer and more enjoyable place to live. Parents and guardians are advised to maintain a line of communication when their children are out and about and talk to them about personal safety and the dangers of issues such as underage drinking. The wider community is asked to be proactive in reporting any instances of antisocial behaviour to police on 101 or via the new live chat function on the GMP website. PC Natalie Dolan, of Greater Manchester Police, said: Paul Etches, Head of Prevention and Protection at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: Chris Thorpe, the TfGM lead on TravelSafe, said: For more information and to find out what activities for families and young people are happening in your local area visit www.safe4summer.com .
  8. Since 2014 we have seen an increase in crime on the bus and Metrolink network which is why we established the Travelsafe team with Transport for Greater Manchester in April 2015.  It isn’t just the problem of criminal damage we know from the Tell Mama report in June last year that the transport network is one of the three top places where hate crime takes place. We need to all work together to ensure that people can travel around Greater Manchester safely.   In February we agreed to fund an additional 50 PCSOs who will work with the Travelsafe team and these are currently being recruited.   With 60 miles of Metrolink track and 92 stops keeping passengers and drivers safe is not easy. We know the majority of antisocial behaviour around the network is linked to young people. We need schools and parents to ensure their young people are aware of the potential implications if they cause criminal damage. They could cause serious injury as well as distress for passengers.  The Mayor of Greater Manchester has already made it clear that making the transport network safer is a priority. It is a priority for the police, for Transport for Greater Manchester and for local people. We need people to provide information that will help us identify those responsible by calling 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.”
  9. People who carry knives are being targeted as part of a national week of awareness. Throughout the week, police will be warning people carrying a knife of the increased risk of potential injury, prison time and death. Detective Chief Inspector Debbie Dooley, from the Xcalibre Task Force at GMP, said: “Those who carry a knife often cite it’s for self-protection, but that’s not an excuse. If you carry a knife or offensive weapon you are breaking the law and can face up to four years in prison. “It’s not just the lives of other people you put at risk when carrying a knife, national statistics show that those who carry a knife or offensive weapon are far more likely to be seriously injured or killed themselves. “I also wish to appeal to those who associate with people who carry knives. Even if it’s not you personally carrying the knife, if you’re with someone who uses a weapon to injure or kill, you too could be prosecuted and sent to prison under the law of ‘joint enterprise’. “To put it simply, it’s not worth the risk. Leave the knife at home and encourage others to do so.” Consultant Paramedic for North West Ambulance Service, Dan Smith, said: “We have seen, firsthand, the devastating effects of knife crime and urge people to think twice before leaving the house armed. “Too many people lose their lives as a result of knife crime and I hope that people understand the terrible consequences for the victims and family members.” Throughout the week GMP will be supporting the national campaign using the hashtag #StopKnifeCrime across social media channels, including twitter, facebook and Instagram. To report a crime, call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  10. Two people suffered what are described as minor injuries following a two car collision at Irlams o’ th’ Height this evening. One car reportedly ended up on upside down as it l had flipped onto its roof. The crash caused road closures to be put into place until the scene was processed and the vehicles could be removed from the carriageway. NPAS were called out to assist and provide operational support in locating other injured persons who may have fled the scene. A spokesman for GMP said officers were called to the East Lancs Road in Irlams o’ th’ Height at 9.35pm whereupon they found two people received minor injuries following a two vehicle collision. Roads are currently closed but are expected to be reopened once debris has been removed from the road.
  11. Vincenzo Tavano (21/09/89) of Park Lane, Pointon has been charged with murder, fraud and taking a vehicle without consent.   He has been remanded to appear at Salford and Manchester Magistrates Court later today (27 April 2017).  A 43-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been bailed pending further enquiries.  At around 7.20pm on Monday 17 April 2017 officers attended a house on Blackburn Street, Trinity and found the body of 61-year-old Giorgio Roncari from Italy.
  12. KARL

    BIN THE BLADE

    The mother of a young man who was stabbed to death in Tameside is appealing for people to ‘bin the blade’ as part of a week-long knife surrender. Rhian Jones’ son Dominic Doyle tragically lost his life when he was stabbed during a night out in Denton. He was just 21 years old when he died. Desperate to stop any other family suffering the same pain, his mother Rhian is supporting Greater Manchester Police’s knife surrender. The surrender, which takes place 21 – 27 November, will see dedicated bins placed into 11 police stations in Greater Manchester. Knives – including illegal weapons or any other unwanted bladed instruments - can be dropped off in the bins safely and anonymously, with no questions asked. Rhian Jones said: “I want to support the ‘Bin the Blade’ campaign because my 21 year old son Dominic Doyle was killed by a gang of knife wielding youths. “It was an unprovoked attack, which took away my only child. “As part of the campaign I want to speak directly to the mums of these youths carrying knives. Be open and honest with them and talk to them about carrying knives. “Please don't think it will never happen to you because that's what I thought and it could be you burying your son or daughter next time because someone was carrying a knife. “This needs to stop, we need to get the knives off the streets. Please support the campaign - bin the blade and save a life.” Detective Chief Inspector Debbie Dooley from the Xcalibre Task Force at GMP said: “Knives pose a serious risk within our communities and the more we can take off our streets, the greater chance we have of saving lives. “We don’t want any other family to go through the pain and suffering that Rhian and her family have had to endure and we appeal to residents to take this opportunity to hand in their blades safely and anonymously.” Deputy Police and Commissioner Jim Battle said: “Campaigns like this have proved successful in the past, taking hundreds of knives off our streets before they fall into the wrong hands. Now we ask the people of Greater Manchester to once again look to their consciences, do the right thing and bin the blade. Please take this opportunity to get rid of your blades anonymously and continue to work with us to make our streets safer for future generations.” Monday 21 November – Sunday 27 November Drop your knives off at one of the police stations below. No questions asked Safe, quick and easy Anonymous Special bins in enquiry counters Open 8 am – 11 pm Daily Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP 0161 856 3529 Longsight Police Station, Grindlow Street, Longsight, M13 0LL 0161 856 4229 Swinton Police Station, Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 6BA 0161 856 5229 Ashton Police Station, Manchester Road, Ashton, OL7 0BQ 0161 856 9329 Cheadle Heath Police Station, Spectrum Way, SK3 0SA 0161 856 9829 Bolton Police Station, Scholey Street, off Manchester Road, Bolton, BL2 1HD 0161 856 5629 Wigan Police Station, Robin Park Way, Wigan, WN5 0UP 0161 856 7128 Stretford Police Station, Talbot Road, Stretford, M32 0UX 0161 856 7629 Bury Police Station, Dunster Road, Bury, BL9 0RD 0161 856 8129 Rochdale Police Station, The Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AG 0161 856 8529 Oldham Police Station, Barn Street, Oldham, OL1 1LR 0161 856 8929 #BinTheBlade
  13. A teenage girl was subjected to a prolonged sexual assault in Salford. The man followed the victim as she got onto the 67 bus towards Irlam/Cadishead where he continued to sexually assault her before he got off the bus at Patricroft Bridge. The man is described as Asian, in his early 30s, with warts or black lumps on his face, black short hair and spoke in broken English. He was wearing a black jacket and beige chinos and was carrying a carrier bag and umbrella. Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the sexual assault to get in contact. Police Constable Darren White of GMP’s Salford borough, said: “I’m appealing to anyone who recognises the events above or may have information that could help us with our investigation. “It was a busy weekend in the area with plenty of people around so if anyone has any information, no matter how small, please get in touch.” Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5322, 101 quoting reference number 970 of 14/11/16 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims. - If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available. - You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515, whether or not you want make a police report. - St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral. - Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514. - Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246 267
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    MAN JAILED FOR AGGRAVATED BURGLARY

    Jason Bailey from Salford appeared at Manchester Crown Court yesterday for aggravated burglary, possession of class A drugs and the handling stolen goods. He has been sentenced to 6 years 9 months and must pay a £170 fine.
  15. Chief Constable Ian Hopkins was speaking at the launch of a major operation to catch those who disregard the safety of other road users. The initiative will see officers targeting the main routes around Greater Manchester to enforce the law and educate drivers. From Monday 14 November officers will be using undercover and marked police vehicles to catch people and the operation will continue throughout the coming weeks and in the run up to Christmas. It is supporting a national week of action to highlight the risks and make people aware of the serious penalties that they will face. Ian said: “It is time for drivers to take personal responsibility for what they do when in charge of a vehicle. The consequences of using a mobile while behind the wheel are huge and can lead to people being seriously injured or killed. It leaves families devastated and we must stop it now. “No-one would think of getting into a car with someone who has been drinking alcohol in the driving seat so why would you put yourself at risk when someone uses a mobile. We can all make a difference by urging people to think about their actions. “Parents would never drink and drive with their children in the car, so they should never use a mobile when driving. The message is simple put it out of sight until you have finished your journey. Avoid the temptation by putting it in a bag, the boot of your car or the glove box. “We can all play our part to make this as unacceptable as drink driving. I am calling on the manufacturers of cars and mobile phones to work together to introduce technology that will prevent people using phones when driving except through hands free kits.” From next year, new penalties will be in place seeing drivers get six points on their licence and a £200 spot fine for using a mobile phone while driving. More than 5,000 drivers in Greater Manchester have been given fixed penalty notices or sent on a mobile phone awareness course in the past two years. Traffic officers believe those numbers are just the tip of the iceberg with an increasing number of people being spotted driving and using their mobile phones. GMP will also be raising awareness of the issue through social media and calling on people to consider what they are doing. It is part of a #wrongfortheroad campaign that will continue to target unacceptable behaviour on the roads of Greater Manchester. To support the initiative a Twitterchat will be held with traffic officers on Thursday 17 November. Anyone with details of persistent offenders who are driving and using their mobile should contact local officers or call 101 with details.
  16. He held the knife to the woman’s face and ordered her to hand over any money she had. He then raped her at knifepoint. The man left the address sometime later and police were called. The offender is described as white, aged somewhere in his 20’s to 30’s and of medium build with dark hair. He spoke with a local accent and was wearing a dark hooded top or coat with dark coloured bottoms. Detective Inspector Carl Gilbert of GMP’s Trafford borough said: “This is an absolutely shocking incident and one that is sure to cause much concern to anybody who hears about what has happened. We have increased patrols to provide reassurance to the local community and carry out further enquiries. “This man forced his way into the address and subjected his victim to a brutal and terrifying rape. We have a team of specially trained officers working to investigate and providing her with support at this difficult time. “The attacker was completely unknown to the woman and I would ask the people of Old Trafford to please contact the investigation team if they believe they may have seen anything suspicious yesterday evening or in the hours following the rape.” Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 7655 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims. - If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available. - You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515, whether or not you want make a police report. - St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral. - Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514. - Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246 267.
  17. This weekend will see thousands of people from all corners of the country head towards Manchester in protest of the highly controversial (hydraulic fracturing shale gas extraction technique) more commonly known as Fracking, in what is thought will be the biggest demonstration staged in the UK yet. A march against the governments stance on Fracking will take place with campaigners gathering in Piccadilly Gardens from 11am and marching to Castleton around midday to hear speeches around 1pm from fellow Anti Frackers, including Labour GM Mayoral candidate Andy Burnham and Bianca Jagger the former wife of Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger who will give speeches alongside former climate change diplomat John Ashton. The last time a rally of this size was held it was at Barton Moss where well in excess of two thousand people turned up from as far across the nation to protest against iGas who were undertaking exploratory borehole drilling in the area. It is hoped by organisers that this event will top that and say that all are welcome to attend. From November 2013 to April 2014 Campaigners inhabited the Barton Moss protection camp through hail rain and snow to raise awareness of the environmental impact Fracking would have on the fragile moss-land eco system. Protests included “slow walking” in front of vehicles accessing the site, non-violent direct action, and rallies, music events and family days. Saturdays event is a direct response to the Government who dramatically over-ruled Lancashire County Councils decision to block Fracking and hand Quadrilla a licence for the Little Plumpton site. Salford and indeed the Northwest are not alone in protesting against the oil and gas industry, protesters from across America have recently descended on Standing Rock to stop a controversial pipeline being placed across Native Indian owned land. This has lead to a confrontation and now a stand off with the police and protesters.


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