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Two arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following attack on teenager

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Police investigating an attack on a 17-year-old boy in Wythenshawe which left him seriously injured have made two arrests.

Shortly before 9pm on Wednesday 14 February 2018, police were called to Oatlands Road to reports that a 17-year-old boy had been assaulted by a group of people.

The boy was taken to hospital with serious head injuries, where he remains in a serious condition.

Today, Friday 16 February 2018, police have arrested a 20 year-old man and a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of attempted murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Clitherow, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “Following this brutal attack on a 17-year-old boy a team of detectives set about finding those responsible.

“Today we have made two arrests.

“Our investigation is still continuing however and the team are working tirelessly to find out what exactly lead to this 17-year-old boy fighting for his life.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 1928 of 14/02/18, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Jailed: Fraudster who preyed on holidaymakers at Manchester Airport

A Wythenshawe conman who tried to persuade holidaymakers to part with their cash, claiming he needed it to visit a sick relative, has been jailed.

Gary Lyon, aged 50 of Shayfield Drive, defrauded people at Manchester Airport in November last year by asking for money so that he could visit an ill family member in hospital.

On the first occasion, he preyed on the kind nature of a business traveller by telling him his car had broken down and he needed money to buy fuel to get to his father-in-law in hospital who had suffered a heart attack.

Lyon promised to pay him back giving him his number to transfer the money but when the victim called later on, the conman never answered.

Around the same time the next day, a 69-year-old woman was picked up at the arrivals hall by her husband, who had recently been discharged from hospital for respiratory problems.

As they were carrying her suitcases to the car, Lyon approached, noticing that the husband was unwell, and offered to carry the bags. The woman politely refused and carried on walking to the car but Lyon grabbed the suitcases and took them to the boot of their car.

He then told the couple he wanted a favour from them and spun them a tail that he needed money to get to his father in hospital who had had a heart attack.

Lyon again promised he would pay the money back to them but when the woman refused to hand any cash over, he got aggressive and despite her efforts to alleviate the situation, he identified a nearby cash machine and marched her over to it.

Fearing for her safety, the woman withdrew some money and handed it to Lyon but as soon as she did this, he ran off saying it wasn’t enough and exclaimed he would get the rest from her husband who was waiting in the car.

She ran after him, concerned for her husband’s safety but Lyon had beaten her to it and was forcing her husband to give him money as she caught up with him.

Startled at how quickly the woman got to the car, he ran off from the scene.

Lyon, who had previous convictions for similar offences, was jailed for one year and four months at Manchester Crown Court.

Detective Constable Alex Wild, of GMP’s Airport CID, said: “Lyon preyed on the good nature of innocent people and took advantage of them, faking family illnesses, which no-one would wish on their loved ones.

“It seems he was oblivious to the effect his offending was having on people but today I’m sure it’s explicitly clear to him that he is now where he is because of his own sickening actions.”

Man charged with murder following death of toddler in Wythenshawe

A man is appearing in court today charged with murder following the death of a toddler in Wythenshawe last week.

Michael Wild, aged 28, of Somerton Avenue, Wythenshawe has been charged with murder and was due to appear before magistrates today.

At around 1.50pm on Sunday 21 January police were called by the ambulance service to Somerton Avenue to reports that a 22-month-old girl was having a medical episode.

Ella-Rose Clover died in hospital and detectives launched an investigation into her death after a post mortem revealed she had unexplained injuries.


Woman in court over death of toddler, James Chilvers

Chilvers-mark andrewsA woman is appearing in court today charged with the murder of toddler James Chilvers, who died in August last year.

Magdalena Lesicka, aged 31, of Beaford Road, Wythenshawe is due to appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court today (Friday 26 January 2018).

At about 12.05am on Sunday 27 August 2017, police were called to Beaford Road, Wythenshawe, to a report of a domestic incident. Upon arrival they discovered that a man and woman had left the address and gone to hospital.

When officers entered the property they found the body of a child who has since been formally identified as James Chilvers.


“Our beautiful Ella-Rose”: mum pays heartfelt tribute to tragic toddler

ella-roseThe mother of toddler, Ella-Rose Clover, who died in Wythenshawe, says her family’s world has been torn apart by the tragedy.

Ella-Rose, aged 22 months, died in hospital following reports of a medical episode at Somerton Avenue in Wythenshawe on Sunday afternoon.

In a heartfelt tribute to her daughter, Pagan Clover said: “Mine, my family and friend’s world has been torn apart by the loss of our beautiful Ella-Rose.

“Ella was the funniest, cheekiest and most lovable little girl and none of our lives will ever be the same again.

“We are broken beyond words and would ask that our privacy is respected at this most difficult time and we are allowed to grieve in peace.”

A post mortem examination revealed Ella had unexplained injuries and detectives have now launched an investigation into her death.

A man, aged 28, and a woman, 34, who were arrested on suspicion of murder remain in custody for questioning.


Man and woman arrested by detectives investigating death of Wythenshawe toddler

SomertonTwo people have been arrested in connection with the death of a toddler in Wythenshawe.

At around 1.50pm on Sunday 21 January police were called by the ambulance service to Somerton Avenue to reports that a 22-month-old girl was having a medical episode.

The girl died in hospital and detectives  launched an investigation into her death after a post mortem revealed she had unexplained injuries.  Read More…


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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