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Further three arrests following operation to tackle gang feud
Thursday 30th April, 2015

Police investigating a series of violent incidents in Salford and Wigan have today made a further three arrests.

Today, 29 April 2015, a series of warrants were executed in the Pendlebury area of Salford and in the Wigan area.

As a result, three men aged 27, 35 and 65-years-old have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. They remain in police custody for questioning.

These arrests relate to four incidents, the first of which took place at the junction of Fairfield Road and Doveleys Road in Irlam o'th Heights at about 12.15am on Wednesday 17 February 2015, during which two people were shot.

The second occurred on 21 March 2015 near to Agecroft Road and Brattice Drive when a man was attacked with a machete, causing injuries to his neck, torso and back.

On Monday 30 March 2015 police were called to Formby Road shortly after 12.50am after a hand grenade was thrown at a house, causing damage to the front of the house. Thankfully no-one was injured.

Lastly, a shooting in Wigan happened shortly before 5.20pm on Monday 30 March 2015, when police were called to Bolton Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, following reports shots had been fired at a car wash and a man had suffered gunshot wounds.

The incidents are believed to be linked to a feud between two rival factions of criminals in Salford, and a large policing and partnership operation is in place to tackle these offenders.

A further two people arrested as part of the investigation remain on police bail, making five arrests in total.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Parker, from GMP's Major Incident Team, said: "We know these incidents caused a great deal of anxiety and alarm in the communities affected.

"Since that time, detectives from the Major Incident Team have been working very hard with residents in the communities themselves and neighbourhood officers to investigate these incidents and establish who is involved.

"As a result, we have carried out a proactive operation today and arrested three people.

"I hope this reassures people that we are actively targeting those we suspect are involved but we are still appealing for witnesses to the incidents or to anyone who may have information to assist the investigation.

"The Incident Team can be contacted on 0161 856 9283 or people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."


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