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MP raises “deep concern” over US leaks in the wake of Manchester Arena bomb

wp-1478947269179.jpegWythenshawe MP Mike Kane has signed a joint letter to parliament’s intelligence and security watchdog expressing grave concern about the leaking by US officials of the identity of the Manchester Arena bomber while police were still investigating the atrocity.

Salman Abedi, detonated the bomb, at the Ariana Grande concert, which killed 22 people in May. It was the deadliest attack in Britain since the 7/7 bombings in London.

The New York Times, named the suspected killer as Salman Abedi, and shared pictures of the crime scene hours before Manchester police revealed Abedi’s identity, after the details were leaked by US officials. Non-U.S. media followed, again citing U.S. sources.

It was feared at the time the leaks had compromised the fast-moving investigation by Greater Manchester Police.

Mr Kane signed the letter, along with other Greater Manchester MPs, the Leader of Manchester City Council, Richard Leese and Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham to the chairman of the parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee.

And this week the Wythenshawe MP raised the issue with Home Secretary, Amber Rudd during a debate following the release of a report into terror attacks.

Mr Kane said: “Every Greater Manchester MP, Mayor Andy Burnham  and Richard Leese, the leader of the city council, have signed a joint letter to the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee expressing  our concern that Salman Abedi’s name was shared with our colleagues in America and subsequently leaked, placing Chief Constable Ian Hopkins and the investigation in an intolerable situation. Does the Home Secretary share our deep concern about that?”

The Home Secretary replied: “Many of us—not least my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister—raised that issue with our opposite numbers, and such leaks are completely unwelcome and inappropriate.

“However, we must not underestimate our incredibly important close relationship with the US on intelligence sharing and support, and we must be cautious of any eventuality that might endanger that relationship. That sort of close intelligence sharing saves lives in this country.”

Shortly after the leak in May Mrs Rudd told the BBC police had been very clear that they wanted to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise and said the leak was  “irritating”.

 

 

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Well, what a plonker! Roman “centurion” arrested for drink driving in Wythenshawe

14713600_1358214874218957_3712206343258111639_nIt could have been a scene from classic sitcom Only Fools and Horses, on Friday when a man was arrested for drink diving dressed as a Roman centurion.

The incident kept cops amused when they charged the driver caught in his latter-day chariot on Portway, Wythenshawe.

The incident will remind some classic comedy fans of scenes from Only Fools and Horses. In one episode, hapless Rodney Trotter is caught indulging wife Cassandra’s fantasy dressing as Russel Crowe from Gladiator. And in another classic moment, Rodney and wheeler-dealer Del Boy run through the streets of Peckham as Batman and Robin.

Fund raising appeal launched for funeral of young Wythenshawe dad

UntitledFriends and family of Matthew Summerfield, who died after a street fight in Wythenshawe, aged 28, have launched an appeal to help pay for his funeral.

The appeal, launched by Karina Ryan  on the Just Giving website hopes to raise £2,000. Read More…

Man who tried to drive stolen car down wrong side of M-way is jailed

Drew McWilliamsA Wythenshawe man who tried to drive down the wrong side of the motorway in a stolen BMW and smashed into a police car has been jailed for three years. 

Drew McWilliam (25) of Cotefield Road, Wythenshawe was sentenced yesterday, Monday 25 September 2017, was jailed for three years for handling stolen property and one year for dangerous driving, to be served concurrently.

Manchester Crown Court at Minshull Street was shown footage of him running from a stolen car. He was found guilty following a three-day trial.

On 29 October 2016, McWilliam was spotted driving a stolen BMW from a home in Timperley and changed its plates in Wythenshawe, before driving onto the M6. Read More…

Man in court over attack on Wythenshawe doctor

73d0d3362d94fb78079e51f711f7aa2da1593e730fc53604e0f82b03610038dd_4110195A man has appeared in court in connection with the attack on a Wythenshawe Hospital doctor when he attended a Mosque in Altrincham on Sunday.

Ian Anthony Rook, aged 28, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody until October when he will appear at Manchester Crown Court. Read More…

Two in custody following stabbing of Wythenshawe doctor attending mosque

2643922800_962838c834_zTwo people are being questioned by police following the stabbing of a surgeon, who works at Wythenshawe Hospital, when he was attending a mosque in Altrincham. Read More…

Men jailed after subjecting taxi driver to robbery ordeal

BurrowsMacdonald montageA taxi driver was left afraid to go back to work after he was attacked and robbed by two men and a teenage girl in Woodhouse Park, Wythenshawe.

Samuel Burrows, aged 21, of no fixed address was jailed for three years and six months and Calvin Macdonald aged 20 of Stoneacre Road, Wythenshawe was jailed for two years, both for robbery. Read More…

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