Armed po­lice ar­rest men and woman in ‘gun war’ dawn raids

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By NEAL KEEL­ING neal.keel­[email protected]­i­tymir­ @Neal­keel­ingMEN

ARMED po­lice ar­rested three sus­pects af­ter a feud be­tween two crime gangs brought a gun war to the streets of Cheetham Hill.

Af­ter early morn­ing raids on two homes in the area, two men and a woman were held on sus­pi­cion of con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der. A quan­tity of drugs was also seized.

Po­lice are link­ing six in­ci­dents in the district - five shoot­ings and a street fight in which ma­chetes were bran­dished.

The vi­o­lence has in­cluded a day­time drive-by shoot­ing, in which two men were blasted in the leg, shots be­ing fired in a con­ve­nience store and car wind­screens be­ing blasted.

GMP has launched Oper­a­tion Hea­mus to tackle the dis­pute af­ter a se­ries of in­ci­dents since Septem­ber.

Chil­dren’s ser­vices staff are also in­volved. It is hoped staff will be able to in­ter­vene and guide teenagers in­volved in the vi­o­lence - and those on the pe­riph­ery.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Re­becca Boyce, of GMP’s City of Manch­ester divi­sion, said: “Fol­low­ing this morn­ing’s di­rect ac­tion, we have three peo­ple in cus­tody and I would like to thank those of­fi­cers who have worked ex­tremely hard as part of this on­go­ing oper­a­tion and who are com­mit­ted to keep­ing the peo­ple of Cheetham Hill safe.

“While we be­lieve that these in­ci­dents have been tar­geted, we un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate how con­cerned lo­cal res­i­dents may be and as a re­sult of this have set up this ded­i­cated oper­a­tion. We want to re­as­sure those who feel af­fected that we are do­ing all that we can and stress that we are treat­ing these in­ci­dents as an ab­so­lute pri­or­ity. “This is a com­plex in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which brings its own chal­lenges, and while we have made ar­rests, we are con­tin­u­ing to ap­peal for the pub­lic’s help. We be­lieve that answers lie within the com­mu­nity and would urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion to get in touch. Whether you want to speak to us di­rectly, or whether you’d pre­fer to talk to Crimestop­pers anony­mously, please do so if you think you can as­sist our en­quiries

Supt Re­becca Boyce with even the small­est piece of in­for­ma­tion.

“We will con­tinue to work closely with part­ners in or­der to dis­rupt this kind of ac­tiv­ity and I hope that this morn­ing’s ac­tion demon­strates that we are work­ing hard in or­der to pre­vent any fur­ther in­ci­dents and pro­tect those in our com­mu­ni­ties.

“This type of crim­i­nal be­hav­iour is reck­less and dan­ger­ous - it will not be tol­er­ated on our streets.”

Yes­ter­day, two men - both aged 27 - were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der. A 27-year-old woman was also ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der and per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice.

They all re­main in cus­tody for ques­tion­ing.

Supt Boyce pre­vi­ously told the M.E.N.: “We strongly be­lieve that this is an on­go­ing dis­pute be­tween two spe­cific lo­cal crime groups. We are un­clear as to what has caused this dis­pute and what is the cat­a­lyst for this re­cent firearms dis­charges.

“We would urge any mem­ber of the pub­lic who is aware of what is go­ing on and has in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.

“We are go­ing through an eval­u­a­tion process to see whether the groups in­volved meet the thresh­old for or­gan­ised crime. We do be­lieve there is a younger ele­ment to each of these two groups.

“There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween peo­ple in­volved in these crime groups and these in­ci­dents.”

“We are con­cerned that there is a dan­ger to the pub­lic be­cause of the time of the day and the lo­ca­tions where they are tak­ing place,” Supt Boyce added.

Po­lice check­ing a com­puter for the IM RAT soft­ware

Po­lice ar­rest a man dur­ing the armed raids yes­ter­day

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