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Locked Up in January: The criminals jailed in Greater Manchester this month

A knifeman who caused terror in the city centre as he randomly stabbed homeless people and two dealers who killed a vulnerable drug addict in his own flat were just some of the dangerous offenders jailed in our region in the last month.

A ‘devious’ drug addict who savagely murdered her mother ‘in cold blood’ and a ‘predator’ who brought an ‘extremely drunk’ teenage girl back to his hotel room before sexually assaulting her were also put behind bars in January.

Jail sentences are handed out to the worst offenders each week and Manchester Evening News reporters are in court to cover the most serious cases.

Here are some of the criminals locked up in Greater Manchester in January.

Man who attacked love rival with stair spindle after he turned up at ex’s house uninvited

Lee Watts

A man attacked his love rival with a stair spindle after he turned up at his ex-girlfriend’s house uninvited.

Lee Paul Watts, 50, had been told by a friend that Lee Collier was at the woman’s house – despite being prohibited from going there by means of a DVPO (Domestic Violence Protection Order).

When Watts, of Worsley, arrived, the pair began to fight, with Mr Collier kicking a spindle from the stairs, Manchester Crown Court heard.

The fight moved outside, at which point Watts grabbed the spindle from him, and struck him ‘five to ten’ times.

Mr Collier was left with six marks to his back, including on which measured 15 centimetres, as well as two lacerations to his head and face.

The court was told that he and Watts’ ex-partner has not assisted with the prosecution.

Watts pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and was jailed for 37 months.

Gang who targeted teenage boys in terrifying robbery spree

Mesaadi Saeed (left) and Baha Kadum were jailed for their roles in a string of robberies around Bolton
Mesaadi Saeed (left) and Baha Kadum were jailed for their roles in a string of robberies around Bolton

Three members of a robbery gang have been jailed for a total of eight years.

The group, led by Munther Alothman, terrorised the streets of Bolton.

Mustafa Aldulaimi, Mesaadi Saeed, and Baha Kadum have been sentenced for their involvement in a string of robberies after Alothman was jailed for seven-and-a-half years in 2020.

Bolton Crown Court heard that one of the incidents involved Alothman approaching a college student on Folds Road, at around 7pm on February 13 2020.

Alothman pushed him down a dark alley, before Kadum and Aldulaimi approached the victim.

One of the men punched the boy in the face, prosecution barrister Adam Lodge told the court.

His wallet and smartphone were taken after he was “roughly searched” and one of the robbers told the victim ‘he knew where he lived’.

Kadum was sentenced to one year and eight months imprisonment, which will be served after he completes a sentence of five years and three months, for threatening to kill a couple in their own home.

Aldulaimi was jailed for three years and seven months, while Saeed was sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment.

Dealers who killed vulnerable drug addict in his own flat

Jacob Cookson

The mother of a vulnerable drug addict who was stabbed to death in his own home in a brutal revenge attack hit out at two teenage drug dealers locked up for his murder.

Leigh Smith, 48, was stabbed to death in his own home in Eccles.

Jacob Cookson, 18, and Logan Eaton, 17, were both found guilty of murder and will serve at least 19 and 17 years respectively.

Eaton can be identified for the first time, after a judge lifted reporting restrictions previously imposed because of his age.

Mr Smith, known as Leroy to friends, was stabbed seven times and found dead hours later by neighbours.

He was a victim of cuckooing, where criminals take over vulnerable people’s homes for drug dealing.

Drug dealer Cookson, who earned £7,000 a week from his involvement in an organised drugs gang he jointly ran, was out for revenge.

He had previously been hospitalised after being attacked by another man in Mr Smith’s flat.

Cookson believed Mr Smith had set up the attack.

Cookson and Eaton went into his flat on June 21, when Mr Smith was stabbed seven times to his legs and buttocks.

He was found dead by a neighbour the following morning.

Knifeman who caused terror in the city centre as he randomly stabbed homeless people

Kieran McLoughlin

A knifeman who caused terror in the city centre as he randomly stabbed homeless people has been handed a 23 year sentence.

Kieran McLoughlin, 32, slashed four men to the face, and another to the back while in full view of a busy Metrolink stop, during a 10 minute spree across Piccadilly Gardens and Market Street.

The senseless stabbings caused panic, with fears that the seemingly random knife attacks could have been a terrorist attack.

They were actually targeted attacks against vulnerable men who were begging on the streets.

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McLoughlin was Tasered by police at Market Street tram stop, when members of the public had confronted him after his final stabbing.

After being arrested, McLoughlin claimed to not have issued with homeless people, but said they ‘should be getting off their a*** to do work’.

A judge described the attacks as a ‘short but vicious campaign of cruel, cold, calculated, and targeted violence’.

Now McLoughlin, who refused to attend his sentencing hearing, has been sentenced to 18 years in jail, and given an extra five year period on licence when he is released.

Man who assaulted FOUR cops at Victoria station

Nathan Hughes, 23, has been jailed after a ‘despicable’ assault on police officers at Victoria Station.

A ‘despicable’ man has been jailed after assaulting four police officers at Manchester Victoria Station.

Nathan Hughes, of Avondale Court, Rochdale, was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to assault and resisting arrest.

Before midnight on December 14, 2021, officers attempted to arrest Hughes, 23, for criminal damage at Victoria Station.

But a sentencing at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court heard how Hughes quickly became ‘erratic and aggressive’ in what was described as a ‘despicable act of violence’.

As an British Transport Police officer attempted to handcuff Hughes, he resisted arrest and punched him in the face before taking his handcuffs.

Another officer then stepped in and used her captor spray to subdue Hughes.

Once handcuffed he attempted to take the officer’s spray and taser in an attempt to use them against the officers.

Gang who robbed G4S van of £25,000

Shera Patrick (left) and Thomas Warwick (right) were both jailed for over four years

A getaway driver left a voice note for a friend stating “we only got f***ing ten of out of it” after a gang robbed a G4S van of £25,000.

Earlier that day, Shera Patrick, 29, had parked a rented black Audi near to the Lloyds Bank in Longsight, during a cash delivery.

Thomas Warwick, 27, and another man got out of the car and began watching the G4S driver as he made numerous deposits in the branch on Stockport Road, Manchester Crown Court heard.

After around 10 minutes, the two men got back into the Audi before it made a loop of the block and stopped again on the same road.

They then jumped out of the car and charged at the man, hitting him to the hand with a baton before Warwick swiped the IBOX containing £25,000.

Two days later, Patrick was pulled over in the same Audi, and inside the car officers found receipts for £436 worth of JD Sports goods and a three-piece sofa worth £1,500.

On her mobile phone, they found a voice note which she said: “Aww I’m s****ing myself mate.

“Erm, but we only got erm… f***ing 10 out of it or somat. I don’t know. I just tried to ring you then, you didn’t answer.”

Patrick, of Sale, and Warwick, of Manchester, pleaded guilty to robbery and were each jailed for four years and one month.

Thug who accidentally set his own shirt alight after making six-metre long ‘line of fire’ leading to girlfriend’s door

Jake Cooper has been jailed

A man created a six-metre long ‘line of fire’ outside his girlfriend’s house following an argument – whilst her four children slept inside.

Jake Cooper, 30, had been in a relationship with the woman for around two months when she suffered a miscarriage.

The loss led to a rift between them, which came to a head in July last year, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

Following an argument one evening, the woman heard banging on her front door, and found that Cooper, of Trafford, was outside and had cut himself, the court heard.

Cooper seemed to leave, but the woman was then made aware by a neighbour that there was a fire outside her house.

Cooper, of Chester Road, was jailed for 33 months after pleading guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

Pervert who let himself into stranger’s home and ‘begged’ her to join him in bedroom

Arfan Ali Khan has been jailed
Arfan Ali Khan has been jailed

A Bolton businessman who let himself into a couple’s home, before begging to be joined in the bedroom, has been locked up.

Serial pervert Arfan Ali Khan, 44, had previously knocked on another woman’s front door on the evening of June 28, 2020.

When she answered, he told her: “I’m Khan. I’m here to have sex with you.”

Khan tried to force his way past her into the house, but the court was told that she showed “incredible fortitude” by managing to shut the door on him.

Following the incident, Khan targeted another nearby house and let himself in through the back door.

He confronted the home owner in her bathroom, grabbed her hand, blew a kiss at her and begged her to go into the bedroom with him.

The woman screamed and her boyfriend ran upstairs to help – before throwing Khan out of the house.

After a trial, Khan, of Mayor Street, Bolton, was convicted of three counts of trespassing with intent to commit a relevant sexual offence and an offence under S4 of the Public Order Act.

He was jailed for seven years.

‘Predator’ who sexually assaulted ‘extremely drunk’ girl, 15, after bringing her back to his hotel room

Mark Topps

A ‘predator’ brought an ‘extremely drunk’ teenage girl off the street and back to his hotel room before sexually assaulting her.

The 15-year-old girl woke up the next morning naked, in bed next to a man she’d never met before.

“I’ve never seen you in my life, who are you?,” she said in panic after waking up in a Travelodge in Manchester city centre.

Mark Topps, 33, a dad from Whalley Range, has been jailed for five years and three months.

Topps, who said he didn’t realise she was underage, had been ‘wandering’ the streets before seeing the girl and taking advantage of her.

He must sign the sex offender’s register for life.

Career criminal who torched £30,000 getaway car after police chase and got caught out by his haircut

Malcolm Jones, who torched his getaway car after a police chase, was recognised on CCTV thanks to his ”slaphead” haircut

A career criminal who torched his £30,000 getaway car after a police chase was only caught after police recognised his ‘distinctive hairline’ on CCTV.

Malcolm Jones, 61, from Wigan, set fire to the VW T-Roc 4×4 vehicle in the hope of escaping detection after shaking off a patrol by driving at speed past a funeral procession.

But officers who played back footage of the arson instantly realised the culprit was Jones due to his haircut, Bolton Crown Court heard.

Jones had 27 offences on his record including robbery and supplying heroin and cocaine.

He admitted arson and dangerous driving and was jailed for two years.

He was also banned from driving for a year which will start when he is released from prison.

Thug who headbutted and robbed man of £2,000 casino winnings in city centre

Abdiqani Jama

A judge said it was “deeply depressing” that a man was headbutted and robbed of £2,000 in broad daylight in the city centre – and no one attempted to help.

CCTV captured the moment Abdiqani Jama attacked the 44-year-old and stole his casino winnings in Manchester city centre.

Footage shows Jama, 29, grappling with the victim in the middle of the road for several minutes as bystanders watch on and a Metrolink tram passes by.

The victim had won big while gambling in various casinos throughout the evening and into the early hours, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Jama, of Jetson Street, Manchester, was also gambling but had not been so successful when he encountered the victim in one of the venues.

As he was leaving to go home at around 6am, Jama followed the victim and put his arm around him before grappling with him.

While the victim was on the ground, Jama reached into his pocket and took the cash.

The victim was left with severe swelling which caused his left eye to close following the attack in May, last year.

Jama was jailed for six-and-a-half years after being found guilty to robbery.

Grieving dad who met up with ’13-year-old girl’ for sex in his car

Gareth Holliday, 37, was jailed for two years and eight months

A grieving dad has been jailed after he was caught trying to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.

Gareth Holliday, 37, travelled an hour from his home in Blackburn to a location in Rochdale intending to have sex with an underage girl in his car, Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

Unbeknown to him, he had been trapped in a sting carried out by a paedophile hunter group.

The girl he believed he was meeting was in fact a much older woman acting as a decoy, the court heard.

Holliday was confronted at the scene and police were called.

He was arrested and in interview did not deny that he had been exchanging sexual messages with a person he believed to be 13-years-old.

However, he claimed he had gone to meet the girl to ‘make sure she got home safe’, the court heard.

Holliday, who had no previous convictions, was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison after admitting seven child sex offences.

He will also be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Man whose criminal lifestyle was uncovered when police found gun in Asda bag

Jack Wilde has been jailed for five years
Jack Wilde has been jailed for five years

Police found a lethal gun stashed inside an Asda carrier bag – before discovering the criminal lifestyle a young couple had tried to hide.

Jack Wilde and Tegan Heywood denied any involvement in dealing drugs, but officers found messages on their phones which exposed their criminal activity.

Officers searched the home in Stockport last February 18 after receiving information about the supply of drugs in the area.

Wilde, 24, and 20-year-old Heywood were inside the property at the time police searched it.

When first questioned by officers, Wilde admitted to having cannabis, cocaine, two firearms, ammunition and knives being stored in the property.

He also told police that all the items belonged to him and that Heywood had no involvement.

Following a search at the property, officers found a Glock 48 pistol – a prohibited firearm – stored in an Asda carrier bag, along with 9x9mm bullets and body armour.

They also discovered three 1kg blocks of cocaine, believed to be worth around £24,000 to £35,000 each, and further quantities of cocaine and cannabis in Wilde’s bedroom.

Wilde, of Brownwood Avenue, Offerton, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to supply and possession of cannabis.

He was jailed for five years and ordered to pay a £190 fine.

Heywood, of Brownwood Avenue, Offerton, also received a 12-month community order, a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement and a two-month tag curfew after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and cannabis.

Teenage Mercedes driver who led police on heart-stopping high speed chase in stolen car

Tyrone Worsley, 18, has been jailed
Tyrone Worsley, 18, has been jailed

A teenage driver led police on a heart-stopping high speed chase in a stolen Mercedes.

Tyrone Worsley, 18, reached speeds of 120mph during a 10-minute pursuit on October 4 2021.

A judge described the incident as an “utterly disgraceful piece of driving” and a “selfish piece of stupidity” as he jailed Worsley for more than two years.

Bolton Crown Court heard that police originally spotted Worsley, of Le Gendre Street, Tonge Moor, driving the car through Farnworth at around 6pm.

They chased him through Farnworth, where he drove at 50mph through back streets, jumped red lights and went on the wrong side of the road on several occasions.

On one occasion, Worsley drove the wrong way around the Kearsley roundabout and tried to enter the wrong side of the A666, heading towards the M61.

A number of police cars were deployed to try and stop Worsley and a spike strip was put down.

He eventually abandoned the car at the Tesco Extra in Walkden but was arrested shortly after.

He was jailed for two years and two months and banned from driving for four years.

Drug addict who brutally murdered her mother then tried to cover up the killing

Cassandra Scott

A ‘devious’ drug addict who savagely murdered her mother ‘in cold blood’ and then tried to cover up the killing must serve at least 17 years in jail.

Cassandra Scott, 36, stabbed her mother Beverley 10 times in a crack cocaine fuelled rage, then left her body in the house they shared for two-and-a-half months.

Beverley, 58, had previously told police she was ‘terrified’ of her daughter and scared of her temper.

The police were called out previously after Cassandra kicked her to the chest, and punched her to the ground years before.

A judge hit out at Cassandra, of Holker Close, Longsight, for trying to ‘blacken’ her mother’s name, by claiming Beverley had come at her with a knife.

He said that in fact Cassandra had ‘pounced’ on her mother with a 21cm kitchen knife, when she had turned her back.

Beverley’s body was only discovered when her housing officer investigated, after she hadn’t been for weeks.

Cassandra had dragged her mother’s body from the murder scene in the kitchen, to a cupboard under the stairs, having wrapped it in plastic and covered it in bedding and curtains.

She also tried to cover up the blood on the walls and floor with paint.

Cassandra was handed a life sentence for murder, and ordered to serve a minimum of 17 years.

Sex offender who travelled to abuse girl – then claimed he was a ‘paedophile hunter’

Michael Crossley has been jailed for over four years

A paedophile travelled from Greater Manchester to Wales after arranging to sexually abuse a young child – but was met by police officers instead.

Michael Crossley spent months chatting to someone he believed to be the girl’s mother online and over the phone before making the trip from his home on Bury New Road, Radcliffe, Bury, to carry out his sick fantasies.

In fact he had been communicating with an undercover policewoman and officers were waiting for him when he arrived at the meeting point in Cardiff.

Crossley would later claim that he was actually a paedophile hunter and had been trying to expose what he thought was a mother who was selling her daughter for sex.

But the 34-year-old failed to turn up for his trial to put that version of events before a jury last year and jurors convicted him in his absence.

The defendant returned to the dock of Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court for sentencing for facilitating sexual activity with a child and also for being involved in a 110mph police chase in a stolen car – an incident which took place in Bolton while he should have been on trial in Wales.

Crossley was sentenced to a total of 54 months in prison comprising 42 months for the sexual offence, 10 months for the dangerous driving, and two months for failing to surrender to court all to run consecutively with each other.

He was sentenced to six months for aggravated vehicle-taking and to one month for possession of cannabis with these sentences running concurrently to the 54 months.

Man who stabbed friend in the stomach after knocking on his door and asking for £30

John Russell

A drunk knifeman stabbed his friend to the stomach after he knocked on his front door and asked for £30.

John Russell said nothing to the 50-year-old man before knifing him, then shutting the door to his flat.

The kitchen knife was still stuck in the victim’s stomach as he was able to walk away.

Another friend started screaming after she saw the blade protruding from his body.

Russell and the victim had known each other for nine years, and the victim had been ‘extremely kind’ to him.

They had been drinking together all day before the victim returned to Russell’s flat, and asked for £30 which he was owed.

But without warning, Russell, 45, who kept the knife on a coat hook next to the door, knifed him.

The victim was rushed to hospital and needed 37 staples to close the wound opened during surgery, leaving him with a huge scar.

Russell, of Sedgeford Road, Monsall, was jailed for two years and eight months.

Churchgoing knifeman who lay in wait for victim before stabbing him in the street

Ian Lawson

A churchgoer lay in wait for his victim before stabbing him in the street in a revenge attack after being chased out of a friend’s house.

Ian Lawson, 52, ambushed the man in the street after being chased out of a fellow parishioner’s house by the victim during an argument.

His victim, who is in his 20s, had to be airlifted to hospital after being knifed in the chest. Luckily doctors found the injury to be superficial and he was discharged the following day after his wound was stitched.

The attack happened at 5pm on October 19 last year.

Lawson, of Newton Heath, gave no comment in police interview. He had 86 previous offences on his record including theft, having offensive weapons, criminal damage, harassment and battery.

In mitigation, defence counsel Benjamin Knight said Lawson claimed he was attacked by his victim earlier that day in Oldham town centre, although there was no ‘concrete information’ over the alleged attack.

He admitted causing grievous bodily harm and having a bladed article and was jailed for 14 months.

IT worker who filmed ‘violent, drunken’ assault as he punched and kicked unconscious student

Joshua McLaughlan filmed himself attacking a student in Liverpool

A clubber filmed himself viciously attacking a helpless student in a ruthless assault.

Not content with repeatedly punching his victim in the face and body, Joshua McLaughlan twice went back to continue the attack, this time kicking the stranger after a “red mist” descended.

McLaughlan, a 26-year-old IT network engineer, left Joshua Ormrod lying unconscious in the street but he was detained by nearby door staff while other security guards gave first aid to the victim.

Although he had facial bruises and cuts, Mr Ormrod miraculously escaped more serious injury.

CCTV footage of the attack, which occurred at 4.30am on June 17 last year in Fleet Street in Liverpool city centre, was played to the court.

McLaughlan, of Hawkshead Drive, Bolton, had pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

He was jailed for 16 months.

Road rage idiot who beat up dad and left him blind in one eye

Lewis Cook was jailed for three years

A dad was blinded in one eye after he was beat up by a driver during a petty road rage row in Monsall.

Lewis Cook, 35, punched the victim in the face and arms whilst the man’s wife and five month old child watched, after he pulled out in front of him at a road junction.

Manchester Crown Court heard that in the run up to the assault, Cook had been tailgating the man’s Toyota Carolla, angrily putting his head and upper torso out of the driver’s side window.

The victim eventually stopped at the roadside but Cook also stopped and set about the man.

He suffered a severely damaged retina in the beating and blacked out.

Despite extensive surgery, he lost the sight of his left eye and now faces further surgery for a badly damaged nose, with fears he may go blind in the other eye.

He has to walk with a cane and has since given up his job as a network engineer.

Cook, who has just become a father, was jailed for three years after he admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

Oldham gang who ran staggering £3million international ‘chop shop’

Top row L-R: Asif Hussain, Ibraaz Shafique, Tayub Hasnain Bottom row L-R: Hadir Ali, Saijid Jangharia, Mohammed Abdullah

A international multi-million pound ‘chop shop’ organised crime gang had luxury cars, often stolen during terrifying robberies or burglaries, shipped to Dubai.

High end luxury Range Rovers, Mercedes and Porches were stolen to order before being sent to the Middle East or stripped for parts.

More than 95 cars worth at least £3 million were stolen across Greater Manchester, and from as far away as London.

The Oldham based gang behind the staggering plot, who called themselves ‘The Company’, are thought to have links to organised crime in the Middle East.

While praising the work of investigating officers, a judge demanded that the case be investigated by GMP Chief Constable after claiming some of the gang were allowed to commit crime ‘with impunity’ after being released under investigation.

The gang operated ‘chop shops’ at old mills in Bury and Oldham, as well as a unit in Wigan, where stolen cars were stripped down.

Gang ringleader Asif Hussain, who posed as a successful businessman and lived in a large detached house in Stockport, was jailed for 15 years.

Hussain and others responsible for the conspiracy to steal and export cars were prosecuted, but the robbers and burglars have not been caught.

Hadir Ali was jailed for 11 years, Saijid Jangharia for 10 years, Tayub Hasnain for five years and six months and Ibraaz Shafique was sentenced to five years.

Another man, Mohammed Abdullah, 23, of Lee Street, Oldham, received a two year suspended prison sentence after admitting conspiracy to handle stolen goods.

Bare-chested racist who viciously attacked 15-year-old boy

Jailed: Daniel Brien

A drunken dad stripped off his shirt and viciously attacked a 15-old boy who tried to stop him stealing a bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey from a convenience store.

The teenager – who was working part-time stacking shelves – challenged Daniel Brien, but a court heard the 35-year-old father-of-two hurled a tirade of vile racist abuse at him.

The court heard Brien rained down up to 11 punches on the youngster, who was later treated for bruising.

A judge described him as ‘a well-built masculine man’ who ‘set about’ the terrified teenager.

Brien, from Little Hulton, Salford, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated assault and theft.

At Manchester Crown Court, he was jailed for 17 months and banned from the store concerned in Salford for two years as part of a restraining order.

The teenage killers of Bolton schoolboy Reece Tansey

A teenage attacker who was found guilty of murdering Bolton schoolboy Reece Tansey has been handed a 15 year sentence.

Another boy, found guilty of manslaughter for his part in the brutal stabbing of 15-year-old Reece, was jailed for six years.

A court heard that the attackers – named Boy A and Boy B for legal reasons – had agreed to meet up in the early hours of May 4 in Walker Avenue, Bolton, because of an escalating dispute between Boy B and a friend of the victim.

But, when Reece arrived he was stabbed six times by Boy A.

He banged on the door of a nearby house desperately pleading for help before falling to the ground.

And, having been discovered by two men, he used his final breath to tell them the names of his killers.

Police arrived at the scene minutes later and Reece was rushed to Salford Royal Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5.45am.

A pathologist concluded his death was caused by ‘multiple stab wounds’, which ‘were likely to have been inflicted by a knife with a 10-12cm blade’.

After fleeing the scene, Boy A sent a Snapchat video of himself carrying a knife covered in blood, accompanied by the word ‘muppet’.

He later sent a message to Boy B, which read: “I thought it only went through his coat so I kept doing it”, adding: “He’s dead now.”

Boy B responded with a laughing emoji.

Murderers who hunted down Josiah Norman and killed him in ‘savage’ revenge attack jailed

Dillon Saunders (top left), Kaylan Cranshaw (top right), Kellan Gummery (bottom left) and Mickel Liburd (bottom right) were jailed for a combined total of 75 years

Four young men were jailed this week for a combined total of 75 years after killing a 17-year-old boy in an ‘appalling’ and ‘savage’ revenge attack.

Mickel Liburd, 18, Kellan Gummery, 18, Dillon Saunders, 19, Kaylan Crankshaw, 28, ‘hunted’ down Josiah Norman as he walked through Salford with a friend.

A white Fiat 500 being driven by Gummery drove deliberately towards Josiah.

Liburd got out armed with a machete and began to attack him, shortly followed by Gummery with a smaller knife.

Following in convoy, a blue Mini being driven by Saunders,drove around the Fiat, mounted the curb and struck Josiah as he tried to flee, Manchester Crown Court heard.

He was further set upon by Saunders and Crankshaw who got out of the passenger seat of the Mini.

Josiah was left with numerous injuries, including a fatal stab wound to his chest.

Liburd, Gummery and Crankshaw each pleaded guilty to murder, and Saunders was found guilty following a trial last year.

All four were handed life sentences.

Three men who targetted prison officers in ‘attack of retribution’

In shocking CCTV footage played to the court, Jack Thompson (left) and Michael Morrison (right) can be seen to run up to the prison officer outside HMP Forest Bank

Two prison officers were targeted by three men in an attack of ‘retribution’ at HMP Forest Bank.

As the two officers finished their shift at the prison in Agecroft, Salford, they walked across the car park separately before being subjected to the terrifying assault.

Driving a stolen Skoda Octavia, Jordan Taylor, 27, stopped the vehicle, before Michael Morrison, and Jack Thompson, both 26, jumped out and approached the first officer.

Morrison had hold of a baseball bat and ran towards the officer swinging the bat at him, but the man managed to put his arm up in self-defence before he was struck.

Morrison then smashed the glass doors of the visitor centre before going back to the car.

Fortunately, the officers were not seriously injured.

Taylor, of Chomlea Manor, Salford, was jailed for 49 months and banned from driving for 50 months after admitting offences of attempting to cause GBH and criminal damage; as well as driving whilst disqualified and handling stolen goods from a separate incident.

Thompson, of Withington Road, Salford, was jailed for 45 months after pleading guilty to attempting to cause GBH and criminal damage.

Morrison, of Thorn Court, Salford, was jailed for 57 months after admitting attempting to cause GBH and criminal damage, and separate offences of offering to supply cannabis and producing cannabis.

Arrogant thug who punched and slapped weeping girlfriend after old pal texted her

Steven O’Donnell

A thug slapped and punched his weeping girlfriend before grabbing her hair and filming her after kicking off when she received a text from an old school pal.

Steven O’Donnell, 21, recorded a video on his partner’s phone, telling the person who messaged her: “That’s what happens when you text next man’s bird, innit.”

The video wasn’t sent to the victim’s friend.

The woman held her hands up to her face as O’Donnell slapped her. During the 10-second clip, she could be heard crying.

Cruel O’Donnell, from New Mills, Derbyshire, found himself in the dock at Minshull Street Crown Court following the incident last summer.

He was jailed for 48 weeks after admitting engaging in controlling behaviour.

Fraudster carer who swindled a dying woman out of £25k – at a rate of nearly £2,500 a WEEK

'Carer' Cheryl Ann Stringer has been jailed for two years after stealing almost £25k froma patient
Carer Cheryl Ann Stringer has been jailed for two years after stealing almost £25k froma patient

A fraudster who stole from a terminally-ill woman she was supposed to be caring for has been ordered to pay her family more than £25,000 – or face more time in prison.

Cheryl Ann Stringer, 54, defrauded Anne Blackham, then aged 82, buying a new oven, a tumble dryer, candles, jewellery, clothing and a tablet.

She also had new carpets and curtains put in at home.

It happened between November 2020 and January 2021, when Stringer was one of four members of staff supposed to be looking after Mrs Blackham at a Stockport care home.

Mrs Blackham had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, having moved to the home in December 2019.

She passed away on January 31, 2021.

Last November, Stringer was sentenced to two years for dishonestly making false representations to make gain in November. The confiscation hearing was held this week.

Violent bully who strangled and raped his victim

A violent bully raped, beat and humiliated a “vulnerable” woman during a horrific campaign of abuse.

Emmanuel Richards, 42, who was branded by a judge as a ‘very powerful man,’ strangled his victim until she passed out, and raped her on several occasions.

The brute threw a phone at her and then punched her in her jaw causing her permanent disfigurement to her face, and even pinned a sign on her front door saying she had chlamydia, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

On one occasion he chased her round a flat with a machete and another time, he boiled a kettle of water and threatened to pour it over her.

His victim, whose identity has not been published for legal reasons, said she had been living in “constant fear” of Richards, and still has nightmares about the abuse.

She told the court that she suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and has regular panic attacks as a result of what she went through.

Richards, of Stanford Street, Ashton, was jailed for 15 years after being convicted by a jury of three counts of rape, two counts of assault, and coercive and controlling behaviour.

Robber who pretended her waters had broken to trick pensioner into letting her inside

Vicky Burey has been jailed
Vicky Burey has been jailed

A mum-of-two pretended that her waters had broken to trick an elderly woman into letting her into her home, before holding her at knife point and stealing a bank card.

Vicky Burey, 41, knocked on a window of the 73-year-old victim’s house at around 11.30pm on July 10 2021, Bolton Crown Court heard.

Prosecution barrister Michelle Brown told the court that the homeowner took pity on Burey, who was crouched down outside and appeared to be “highly emotional”.

Jailing Burey for six years and nine months, Judge Tom Gilbart described the crime as “chaotic and unsophisticated.”

She pleaded guilty to robbery.

Thief banned from city centre who was caught red-handed by the police

Jonathan O’Sullivan

A thief caught with a luxury handbag threatened police, telling an officer ‘you watch what happens when I see you on your own’.

Jonathan O’Sullivan, 29, has been locked up for 12 months after he was caught with an expensive Michael Kors bag, which had been stolen from the high end brand’s city centre store.

A member of the public had approached an officer who was walking through the city centre, asking him if he was looking for a stolen handbag.

“Them three have got one,” the officer was told.

O’Sullivan was with two others who were seen walking ‘with purpose’, at about 2.30pm on December 5, Manchester Crown Court heard.

The police officer tried to stop them and O’Sullivan ran off.

He was caught on Cheapside, with the officer using his PAVA spray as he detained him.

He is banned from several areas of the city centre after a criminal behaviour order was imposed previously.

O’Sullivan, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to breaching a criminal behaviour order and theft.

‘Cold and callous’ fraudster who conned friends, colleagues and ex-partner out of £97k

A ‘conniving, cold and callous’ fraudster conned his friends, work colleagues and an ex-partner out of a total of £97,000 in a fake investment scheme.

Matthew Normyle, 42, invited seven people to invest in his boiler business, which he claimed would ensure them modest returns after 90 days, whilst he was living in Rochdale.

However, he repeatedly came up with excuses, and his investors were left significantly out of pocket, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Over the course of two-and-a-half years, he took a total of £97,250.

He did pay back one friend to the tune of £10,000, but that was shy of £15,000 of what they had already given him.

Normyle was tracked down to Manchester Airport in May last year, and admitted to the police that he had targeted his friends as he ‘knew they trusted him’. He went on to voluntarily admit further victims of his fraud.

He pleaded guilty to eight offences of fraud by false representation.

Normyle, of Lord Street, Morecambe, was jailed for two years and 10 months.

Driver who broke man’s leg with baseball bat in row over car parking space

Abu Umar

A driver smashed a man with a baseball bat following a row over a car space.

Abu Umar, 36, had been attempting to park in the same space as another car when they came to a head.

Umar was heard to say: “I’ve been waiting for this spot,” before the victim, the passenger of the other car, began to record him on his mobile phone.

He then went into the boot of his Audi and produced a baseball bat from the boot, Manchester Crown Court heard.

As the victim ‘panic jumped’ into the driver’s seat of Umar’s car, he struck him with the bat to the legs.

He was left with broken bones in his leg and has been unable to stand all day which affects his work as a pharmacist.

Umar, of Foxglove Avenue, Oldham, was found guilty by a jury of causing grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was jailed for two years and four months.

Ex-con who abused girlfriend who had miscarried – after she caught him cheating

Nathan Riley

An abusive thug repeatedly called and messaged his ex girlfriend making vile threats towards her after she discovered he was cheating on her.

Nathan Riley, 27, had moved back in with his ex after being released from prison in September last year.

However, after she discovered he was cheating on her she asked him to leave but he refused.

Manchester Crown Court heard that he threw an iPad towards her, hitting her leg and smashing the screen before she fled the property.

Later on she attempted to speak to him but he attacked her.

The following six weeks he repeatedly called and messaged her, threatening her and her then-unborn child.

When her pregnancy came to an end he said: “I’m glad the baby has died” and also told her: “I hope you get raped”, the court heard.

Riley, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to criminal damage, assault and stalking.

He was jailed for 22 months.

Coward left man, 26, for dead with horror injuries – then went to a party

Gary Tomlinson, 51, was jailed for three years after admitting causing serious injury by dangerous driving

Maison Green, 26, was on his way back from the gym when Gary Tomlinson, 51, who had been drinking, undertook and ploughed into him at more than twice the speed limit.

Tomlinson then ‘left him for dead’ and fled the scene in Collyhurst, north Manchester, going to a party where he carried on drinking before eventually being arrested in the early hours.

In a deeply moving scene at Manchester Crown Court, Mr Green’s mother told Tomlinson ‘I forgive you’.

Madeline Brodie, turned to him and said: “I just want to tell you, that we forgive you.”

Tomlinson sobbed in the dock and shouted “I’m so sorry” as Miss Brodie continued: “I believe you didn’t set out that day to intentionally hurt our boy.

“I just want you to learn from your actions. It’s ruined our lives and Maison’s so please don’t make the same mistake again.

“The only thing that we’re struggling to forgive you for is leaving him. Just please learn from this.”

He was jailed for three years.

Thug who punched girlfriend in the face – then stabbed doorman who helped her

Aaron Chapman-Phillips

A thug who told bar staff “I’ll put a bullet in your head” before knifing a doorman in the chest has been jailed.

Aaron Chapman-Phillips, from Longsight, was stopped by security staff when he tried to leave a Newcastle bar with two bottles.

When he was ejected from Aveika, Chapman-Phillips spat at door staff through a courtyard gate and said, “I’ll put a bullet in your head.”

Prosecutors say he then punched his girlfriend to the face, knocking her to the ground before fleeing.

Staff at the venue rushed to help her, prompting Chapman-Phillips to return, pull a knife and stab doorman Alex Poon.

Chapman-Phillips, 24, has now been jailed for four-and-a-half years after admitting wounding and possessing an offensive weapon.

Paedophile who sent girl vile messages – but messed with the wrong family

A paedophile ex-football coach messaged who he thought was a 14-year-old girl on Snapchat offering her ‘PE sex education lessons’, a court was told.

But disgraced former high school teaching assistant Edward Smith didn’t realise the girl’s mum was actually fielding his vile communications.

A court heard she turned online detective to snare him after her daughter confided in her the contents of previous explicit messages from him to her Instagram profile.

In a series of messages, Smith, 29, asked for the pictures of the girl in her underwear and sent explicit selfies of himself – not realising the girl’s mum was posing as her daughter online, a judge was told.

She later blocked Smith and reported him to police.

Smith, from Bury, had previously been jailed in 2017 for 33 months after he admitted engaging in sexual activity with a vulnerable teenage girl, the court heard.

As a result of that conviction, he was already on the sex offenders’ register and was banned from communicating with children, using electronic devices, the internet and social media.

Smith pleaded guilty to attempting to engage a child in sexual communications and breaching the terms of the previously imposed order.

He was jailed for 28 months.

Driver who led police on a dangerous high-speed chase in stolen car

Footage from a body-worn police camera shows the dramatic moment a banned driver was chased down and arrested.

Police said at one point during the pursuit, Matthew Graham Towler, 41, drove the Ford Fiesta at 90mph in a 20mph area – and reached speeds of up to 100mph.

GMP said he drove at ‘excessive’ speed through narrow streets and his ‘reckless actions could easily have resulted in a serious collision’.

When arrested, Towler was found with 15 car keys, a device for cloning keys and a lock pick, a court heard.

He’s now beginning a two-and-a-half year sentence after pleading guilty to a series of charges.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, handling stolen goods and going equipped for the theft of a motor vehicle, GMP said.

In the footage, the officer gives a running commentary of the pursuit, before shouting ‘got a decamp, got a decamp’ as Towler gets out of the car and runs away.

The Fiesta had actually hit a kerb in the Tyldesley area of Wigan.

Towler, of Blake Avenue, Lostock Hall, Preston, Lancashire, says ‘chill out, chill out’ as the officer who gave chase relays ‘driver detained’ to the control room.

He’s then arrested and handcuffed on the floor.

Drug dealer jailed after police found chewing gum pot filled with cocaine and heroin in uninsured car

Nasir Omer, 21, of Enfield, London

A drug dealer has been jailed after police caught him in possession of a chewing gum pot filled with cocaine and heroin.

Nasir Omer, 21, of Enfield, London, was stopped by police in Salford in June 2020 after he was seen parking a grey Ford Mondeo outside a store off Eastham Way in the Little Hulton area.

After spotting a metal rod in the back of the vehicle, officers detained Omer and searched his vehicle.

They located a CS gas canister and a chewing gum pot in the footwell that contained a number of wraps of class A drugs.

Omer was additionally found to not be insured and to not have a valid driving license.

He was arrested and taken to custody to be interviewed, while tests on the class A drugs came back positive for cocaine and heroin.

Police said Omer repeatedly refused to allow officers access to evidence on his mobile phone – even when a court order was authorised in September that year.

Omer was jailed for three years and six months relating to the possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

A jury also found him guilty of money laundering, possession of a section five firearm, and failure to comply and give his phone PIN when under arrest.

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