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The faces and stories of the criminals locked up in Greater Manchester in 2021: Part I

It’s been a busy year for Greater Manchester’s courts.

With an ever mounting backlog of cases, and two national lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, courts have been sitting longer hours with barristers and judges working round the clock to ensure justice is delivered.

The Manchester Evening News has dedicated court reporters covering an array of cases – from murders to robberies and everything in between.

Throughout the year, our reporters have witnessed the moment violent and dangerous criminals were handed lengthy jail sentences for their sordid crimes.

The list below details the despicable offences that landed them in the dock.

January

Geoffrey Strike



Jason Comerford, left, and Geoffrey Strike

Geoffrey Strike, now 75, stabbed Jason Comerford, 21, in an unprovoked attack in 1994.

A court heard Strike may have mistakenly believed he was ‘under threat of some kind’ due to his mental health problems, but that Jason was ‘entirely blameless’.

Following a Manchester Crown Court sentencing hearing, Strike, who admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, has been sentenced to an indefinite hospital order.

Strike was charged with murder in February 2020 – 26 years after he killed Jason. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the week he was due to go on trial in October last year.

READ MORE: Brother of young man stabbed to death 26 years ago speaks out as his killer finally faces justice

Jayden Hayes



Jayden Hayes

Drug addict Jayden Hayes, who tried to murder lone women in two vicious knife attacks just 19 days apart was handed a life sentence.

Hayes, 24, attempted to kill one of his victims just 90 minutes after he had been released on bail by magistrates following other alleged offences.

On January 8, Hayes was given a life sentence, to serve a minimum of 14 years before he can be considered for release.

Hayes, of no fixed address, admitted two counts of attempted murder.

READ MORE: Drug addict with picture of Corrie killer on phone tried to murder two women 19 days apart – he attacked a gran 90 MINUTES after being bailed by a court

Matthew Collins




Matthew Collins bombarded his ex-partner with hundreds of drunken emails containing his own song lyrics.

The 38-year-old, of Chatburn Road, Chorlton, breached a non-molestation order imposed at the family court four times in less than a year, Manchester Crown Court heard.

He was sentenced to two years in prison of which he will serve half before being released on licence.

READ MORE: Architect jailed for bombarding ex-partner with hundreds of emails containing his own song lyrics

Kevin Pryce



Kevin Pryce, right, killed Mia Strothers, left

Kevin Pryce, 45, who tested positive for cocaine and cannabis, claimed 14-year-old Mia Strothers had stepped out into the road before he hit her with his car.

But Pryce was ‘absolutely flying’ while driving at 57mph in a 30mph zone, and was in a BMW which he knew had faulty brakes.

He drove off, leaving Mia with injuries which would prove fatal.

Pryce, who has never had a licence, was jailed for 10 years and banned from driving for life.

Pryce, of Quail Street, Oldham, admitted causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without a licence and driving with no insurance.

READ MORE: Drug-fuelled speeding BMW driver killed teenage girl Mia Strothers as she walked to school – then tried to blame her after driving off

Marek Swistak



Marek Swistak

Remorseless ‘predator’ Marek Swistak sexually assaulted a teenage girl after plying her with alcohol.

A court heard he carried out a ‘catalogue of sexual offending’ against his victim.

At Bolton Crown Court Swistak was jailed for 13 years.

Judge Walsh imposed a restraining order, banning Swistak from contacting his victim, and made him the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

He will also be forced to sign the sex offender register for life.

READ MORE: Remorseless predator sexually abused teenager after plying her with alcohol – he summoned her by text… leaving her ‘haunted’ by the sound of alerts on her phone

Farooq Ahmed




Greater Manchester Police officer Farooq Ahmed was jailed after repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl.

The 37-year-old, walked into a police station with a confession note before Christmas last year. He was jailed for two years.

Ahmed, from Mossley Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, is believed to have served with GMP in the Tameside area for around three years.

He was required to sign the sex offenders’ register and the judge also passed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which will last for five years.

He was then dismissed from the force.

READ MORE: Greater Manchester Police officer dismissed from force after being jailed for sexual assault of young girl

Anthony Lutkevitch



Anthony Lutkevitch

Anthony Lutkevitch was found with an artillery of weapons including a sawn-off shotgun and hand grenade.

The 31-year-old was being paid by an unknown man to store the weapons at the property on Tonge Street in Heywood, a court heard.

Police found the gun and ‘Russian’ explosive in the attic after executing a warrant in July last year.

Bomb disposal experts had to be called. A controlled explosion was carried out.

Officers also found a ‘large amount’ of cannabis and ketamine, worth around £17,000 on the streets, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

A judge was told he dealt drugs ‘prolifically’ for nine years.

Lutkevitch, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm without a firearm certificate; possession of a prohibited weapon; and two counts of possession with intent to supply class B drugs.

He was jailed for four years and four months.

READ MORE: A sawn-off shotgun, a ‘Russian’ hand grenade, a knuckle duster, SIX phones and £17k-worth of drugs – what cops found at this dealer’s house

Catara Mattie



L-R: Shantori Daniels, Shaliquah Talbot and Catara Mattie

Three women who tried to smuggle £50,000 worth of cocaine into the UK through ‘internal concealments’ were jailed.

Catara Mattie, 20, from Salford, was on the same flight from Kingston, Jamaica, as Shantori Daniels, 23, and Shaliquah Talbot, 27.

The three women arrived at Gatwick Airport on November 11, 2020, and were searched by Border Force officers.

All three women were found to have ‘internal concealments’ of cocaine, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

The total weight of the packages was just under a kilo.

All three pleaded guilty to importing class A drugs.

During a hearing at Lewes Crown Court on December 9, Daniels was sentenced to 32 months in prison, Mattie was jailed for three years and Talbot was sentenced to 32 months in jail.

READ MORE: Three women tried to smuggle cocaine worth £50,000 into UK from Jamaica

Peter McConville



Peter McConville

Peter McConville thought he was talking to a teenage girl on an online chat room.

The 29-year-old from Harpurhey, then began making sexual remarks to the ‘girl’ and talked about meeting up and having sex, despite her telling him that she was only 13-years-old and just ‘looking for a chat’.

He arranged to meet up with her outside Debenhams in Manchester city centre – but ‘Sienna’ was an undercover police officer.

McConville, of Ryedale Avenue, pleaded guilty to one charge of facilitating or arranging the commission of a child sexual offence.

He was jailed for two years and two months.

He was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be made to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

READ MORE: ‘If I get to be your boyfriend you have to keep it secret’: The sick words of paedophile to ’13-year-old girl’

Scott Robinson




Officers, part of an operation tackling serious and organised crime, raided the home of Scott Robinson, 43, on Higher Lime Road in the Limeside area of Oldham last October.

Inside they found a handgun.

The weapon was seized and Robinson arrested.

He was later charged and pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm.

He was jailed for five years at Minshull Street Crown Court.

READ MORE: Man found with handgun in his house during police raid in Oldham is jailed

Kaden Hand



Kaden Hand

Paedophile Kaden Hand sexually abused a teenage girl he met on social media in a park.

It was one of a number of occasions that Kaden Hand, 20, engaged in sexual activity with the child.

Detectives said he “knew how old she was but he didn’t care.”

He was jailed for four years for child sex offences and abduction.

READ MORE: Man jailed for abducting and sexually abusing teenage girl in park

Keith Dube



Keith Dube

Keith Dube launched a violent attack on his ex-girlfriend – and threatened to ‘bite her face off’.

Keith Dube, 27, kicked his former partner, stamped on her and gave her a bloody nose after the woman was accused of swearing at a child.

Dube, from Eccles, Salford, threatened to ‘bite her face off’, before slamming her into a door after she tried to call a friend for help.

He later told her: “I told you you would f*****g get it” after smashing the rear window of her car.

He has now been sentenced to two years and seven months.

READ MORE: ‘You really are dead, you little b****’: Thug launched violent attack on ex – and threatened to ‘bite her face off’

Wayne McLaughlin




Wayne McLaughlin filmed himself launching a sickening sex attack on a woman who was ‘out cold’ – using the victim’s phone.

McLaughlin, 31, was jailed for six years at Minshull Street Crown Court after admitting sexual assault by penetration and voyeurism.

The court heard the victim was ‘incapable’ of consent to sexual activity at the time and has no memory of what happened.

He was jailed for six years.

READ MORE: Man filmed himself launching sick sex attack on woman while she was ‘out cold’ – using her phone

Sarah Aikenhead




Sarah Aikenhead, 37, stole more than £136,000 from a solicitor’s firm using the bank account of an elderly client with dementia.

The mum-of-one, of Beech Road, Sale, spent the cash on holidays, shopping at designer retailers, her wedding, and gave £30,000 to her brother, the court was told.

She was jailed for three years and four months for two offences of fraud.

READ MORE: Fraudster jailed for stealing £136,000 from solicitor’s firm using elderly dementia sufferer’s bank account

Amir Khan



Amir Khan has been jailed

Amir Khan, 40, was jailed after he was caught driving around with more than £150,000 of ‘dirty’ cash stuffed in carrier bags.

He refused to say where the money had come from.

Khan, from Cheetham Hill, handed the cash to two associates in October 2018 but all three were being watched by HM Revenue and Customs investigators.

They were stopped and the cash was seized.

Investigators searched Khan’s home and found more bundles of bank notes totalling £403,750 as well as a cash-counting machine.

They were sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court.

Khan, of Amina Road in Cheetham Hill, was jailed for four years and ten months after he pleaded guilty to being concerned in an arrangement which he knew or suspected facilitated money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002).

READ MORE: Jailed, the jobless Cheetham Hill rogue who had £553,000 in dirty cash in his car and at home

Ian Story



Ian Story has been jailed for 18 years

Ian Story, who created more than 20,000 indecent images of children, was jailed for 18 years.

The 55-year-old made and stored the sickening photographs and videos over a nine-year period.

He was eventually caught by police in March of last year after they learned he was uploading indecent footage to the internet.

Story, from Wigan, also admitted to carrying out multiple child sex offences.

At Bolton Crown Court, he was jailed for 18 years.

Story had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of oral rape, nine counts of making indecent images of a child, three counts of distributing indecent images of a child and seven counts of sexual assault on a child by touching.

READ MORE: Paedophile who created more than 20,000 indecent images of children jailed for 18 years

Alhad Mohammed



Alhad Mohammed

Alhad Mohammed was caught with cocaine, MDMA and £15,000 in cash.

He told police he was being pressured to deal drugs by a gang.

Mohammed, 36, was jailed after police stopped his black Toyota in Manchester city centre when they noticed it had a faulty brake light.

He was pulled over on Dale Street on August 5 and found with quantities of four different type of drugs – cocaine, MDMA, ketamine and class C drug clonazepam – all worth about £100 each.

Mohammed, of Hardy Street, Oldham, was sentenced to two years and three months in jail.

He pleaded guilty to five offences; two counts of possession with intent to supply a class A drug, one count of possession with intent to supply a class B drug, one count of possession with intent to supply a class C drug, and possessing criminal property.

READ MORE: Father found with cocaine and £15,000 said he was being pressured to deal drugs

Brian Massey




Prison officer Brian Massey brought paper laced with Spice into Forest Bank jail.

Massey, 29, brought pieces of paper impregnated with the drug, as well as a ‘large amount of tobacco’ into the Salford prison.

Manchester Crown Court heard Massey received £50,000 in ‘unexplained deposits’ into his bank account.

Massey, from Oldham, was jailed for four-and-a-half years, and the court was told he is now ‘bankrupt’.

Massey, of Trent Road, Shaw, admitted one count of bringing a prohibited item into prison, and one count of converting criminal property.

READ MORE: Prison officer who brought paper laced with Spice into Forest Bank jail had ‘unexplained’ £50,000 in bank account

Nicholas Doyle



Nicholas Doyle

Nicholas Doyle stalked his ex-girlfriend for 17 months to the point he drove her out of her home – he messaged her on fake Facebook accounts, rang her 61 times in one hour and drained her bank account.

Following a trial at the lower court, Doyle, 30, was found guilty of stalking and was sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Doyle, of Howden Road, Higher Blackley, was also handed an indefinite restraining order, prohibiting him from contacting the woman indefinitely.

READ MORE: Stalker’s 17-month ‘campaign of harassment’ against ex with fake Facebook accounts – he rang her 61 times in an hour

Christopher Walton



Christopher Walton

Vicious thug Christopher Walton dragged a man from a fish and chip shop and beat him to death for just £20.

Christopher Hardman, a 45-year-old grandfather, was killed after Walton, a complete stranger, demanded cash from him in the street.

Walton, who admitted murder, was caged by a judge who told him anyone who watched the CCTV footage ‘would struggle to understand how one human being could descend to the brutal violence that you inflicted on a defenceless man’.

He was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 20 years to serve.

READ MORE: Vicious thug who dragged a man from a fish and chip shop and beat him to death for just £20

Liam Farnworth



Liam Farnworth, who has been jailed for two burglaries
Liam Farnworth, who has been jailed for two burglaries

Liam Farnworth was jailed following two burglaries in Greater Manchester.

The 22-year-old was jailed for two years and four months, after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary at Bolton Crown Court.

It follows Farnworth breaking into homes in Bolton and Tameside.

READ MORE: Burglar who was on the run from police for nine months jailed for two years

Jake Casey



Jake Casey

Jake Casey, 23, received a lengthy jail sentence after raping a woman in a terrifying ordeal as she walked to a supermarket.

He pleaded not guilty but was convicted by a jury of two counts of rape; one count of inciting someone to engage into sexual activity; one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm; and one count of assault by penetration.

Judge Baxter handed down a 12 year sentence, comprising of nine years in custody and an extended three year licence period after she declared Casey a dangerous offender.

He will serve two thirds of the nine year term and will only released when the Parole Board deem it safe to do so. He will remain on the sex offender’s register for life.

READ MORE: Man raped woman in horrific attack as she walked to the supermarket…then said if she told anyone he would ‘kill her then and there’

Robert Blackband



Robert Blackband

Grandad Robert Blackband was jailed after he was found to be sharing indecent images of ‘schoolgirls’ on a chat room with other paedophiles.

The 67-year-old was found with over 400 indecent photos, including 139 category A images – said to be the worst kind.

He was jailed for two years and six months.

READ MORE: Pervert grandad sent pictures of schoolgirls to other paedophiles in vile ‘PervsRUs’ chat group

Michael Ramsbottom



Michael Ramsbottom

‘Bully’ Michael Ramsbottom, who punched a man after a row over £30, was jailed for a second time after his victim died.

Darren Fitzsimons, died four years after being punched to the head twice by 38-year-old Michael Ramsbottom in Wythenshawe.

Ramsbottom, who was previously jailed for his part in the killing of a 16-year-old boy during a pub attack in 2002, was initially locked up for 27 months for the assault on Mr Fitzsimons in July 2015.

But following Mr Fitzsimons’ death, Ramsbottom was sentenced to another five years and nine months in jail after admitting manslaughter.

Ramsbottom was jailed by the same judge who locked him up previously.

Ramsbottom, of Dunkery Road, Wythenshawe, admitted manslaughter.

READ MORE: ‘Bully’ who punched man in row over £30 jailed for second time after victim dies

Shahid Khan



Shahid Khan

Fraudster Shahid Khan used stolen bank card details to buy goods worth many thousands of pounds.

Police said Khan’s criminal scheme had ‘catastrophic consequences’ on some small businesses he targeted.

In total, around £460,000 worth of ‘fraudulent activity’ was found to be connected to him, investigators added after his conviction.

Khan, 27, of Clifford Street, Deeplish, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to a series of fraud offences and possession of a class A drug – cocaine.

Khan was jailed for four years, eight months.

READ MORE: Fraudster’s stolen bank card plot had ‘catastrophic consequences’ on small businesses he duped

Earl Green



Earl Green

A Ryanair pilot was robbed at gunpoint as he walked home from Manchester Airport.

Earl Green, 38, was one of a group of three men who approached the pilot, then 25, as he walked through Painswick Park in Wythenshawe just before midnight.

Another of the robbers took out a handgun from his jacket, and the pilot felt something push against his temple which he believed to be the weapon.

Green, of Greyfriars Road, Wythenshawe, pleaded guilty to robbery,and was jailed for five years and two months.

The two other robbers have not been caught.

READ MORE: Ryanair pilot was robbed at gunpoint as he walked home from Manchester Airport

Adam Routledge



Rogue builder Adam Routledge has been jailed for almost four years after scamming customers

‘Brazen’ rogue builder Adam Routledge swindled tens of thousands of pounds from his victims. He was jailed after trading standards investigators uncovered his litany of scams.

Routledge, 36, of Stenhills Crescent, Runcorn, targeted householders including the elderly in Manchester, Runcorn and Northwich, and used faked documents and even a non-existent building inspector to aid his duplicitous schemes.

He was brought to book by Manchester council after officials received a complaint about Routledge’s substandard work in January 2017.

Routledge was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison at Minshull Street Crown Court.

READ MORE: ‘Callous and brazen’ rogue builder who swindled thousands of pounds from his victims

Edward Stokes



Edward Stokes was made subject to an indefinite restraining order at Minshull Street Crown Court

Edward Stokes, 46, rained a series of punches on the mother of his child, before slashing her face with a piece of metal.

The victim was left with a permanent scar to her cheek and was forced to move away from the area as a result of the attack.

Stokes, of Great Western Street, Rusholme, was jailed for five and a half years after admitting an offence of robbery and unlawful wounding.

He was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order, banning him from contacting the victim.

Mum thought she’d die as ex-partner brutally beat her in terrifying street attack – because she wouldn’t give him money for drugs

Clive Wallace



Clive Wallace

Clive Wallace disarmed a gunman who’d just fired a gun and took it to his partner’s house to hide in a garden.

The 33-year-old received a ten year sentence for his part in a ‘large scale incident’ in Cheetham Hill after people left a nightclub in the early hours.

A Glock handgun was fired into the air after a group of up to 20 men had congregated around an Audi A3.

At Wallace’s court hearing, he was declared a ‘dangerous offender’, and was sentenced to eight years in jail with an extra two years on licence.

Wallace was found guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

He admitted violent disorder, two counts of driving while disqualified, possessing a firearm while prohibited, possessing a prohibited firearm, and possessing a blade.

‘Dangerous’ man disarmed gunman after shots fired…then hid the weapon under some astro turf in his girlfriend’s garden

Tony Robertson



Tony Robertson

Tony Robertson, 19, stabbed 45-year-old window cleaner Lee Knott to death in Wythenshawe.

Robertson was sentenced to life in prison, to serve a minimum of 20 years for the ‘senseless’ and ‘brutal’ killing.

‘A knife, what the f*** are you doing with a knife?’: Steroid-fuelled thug stabbed beloved dad to death in ‘frenzied’ street attack

Adam Buckley and James Saunders




Dramatic bodycam footage showed the moment Adam Buckley stashed a loaded gun, drugs and cash in a bush during a police chase through Salford.

At Manchester Crown Court James Saunders, 32, of Stowell Street, Weaste, and Buckley, 19, of Bradfield Avenue, Eccles, pleaded guilty to possession of a loaded firearm in a public place, money laundering and possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Saunders was jailed for 11 years after also pleading guilty to possession of an electric stun gun, handling stolen goods, disqualified driving and failing to appear at court.

Buckley was sentenced for three years and six months in prison.

The moment teen ‘with links to organised crime’ hid loaded gun, drugs and cash in a bush during police chase

Locked up in January: The criminals put behind bars in Greater Manchester last month

February

Matthew Jones



Matthew Jones

Matthew Jones, who stabbed his friend to death then tried to behead him, was jailed for life.

Jones, 42, killed 39-year-old William Phelan in his own home, then left his body there for about six weeks.

It was only when police broke down Mr Phelan’s door that they found him.

Jones was sentenced to life in prison to serve a minimum of 20 years after he was unanimously convicted of murder.

‘Savage’ who murdered his friend in brutal killing then hid his body from police for weeks jailed for life

Philip Christopher McKinney



Philip McKinney has been jailed for seven years
Philip McKinney has been jailed for seven years

Philip McKinney was jailed for seven years after slashing a stranger’s face in a beer garden.

McKinney, of Vernon Close, Cheadle Hulme, was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court on February 1 having been found guilty of wounding with intent, following a trial.

The 39-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article, but claimed that the wounding was unintentional.

Thug slashed ‘peacekeeper’s’ face with cut-throat razor in pub beer garden

Simon Walmsley



Simon Walmsley

Walmsley crept into a pensioner’s home twice to steal jewellery as they slept.

He managed to lift jewellery from the house in Cheshire on two occasions last summer.

Walmsley, of Elmsway in Bollington, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary at Chester Crown Court.

Burglar struck at pensioner’s home twice in weeks – but he didn’t spot the cameras

Sam Donnelly



Samuel Donnelly

Sam Donnelly, 28, hounded his ex-girlfriend, aged 22, with over 4,000 calls and text messages from his prison cell at Forest Bank.

She had fallen pregnant with her new partner in the hope of starting a new life together, but their romance was short-lived after Donnelly found out about it whilst he was in jail.

Donnelly threatened to shoot her, and dispatched three masked friends to her home armed with a handgun to terrorise her family, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

Donnelly, of Ladbrooke Road in Ashton, was jailed for five years and eight months after he admitted coercive behaviour, using prohibited items in prison and conspiracy to commit violent disorder.

‘I’m not going to let this go, I’m going to end your lives…’ young mum-to-be had abortion and split up with partner after ex threatened to kill them and their unborn baby

Nico Noicely




Nico Noicely attacked and strangled his partner in the presence of their baby.

Noicely, of Turnshaw Avenue, Huddersfield, was jailed for two years after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The 31-year-old punched, kicked and strangled his partner in July last year, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Thug who attacked his partner in front of their baby told he was ‘lucky’ not to be facing more serious charges

Petra Clyde



Petra Clyde

Petra Clyde, 41, sunk her teeth into the left forearm of a female officer during a struggle as she tried to detain her for assaulting another woman.

Onlookers began ‘screaming and cheering as if at a football match’, a court heard.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, mum-of-one Clyde, of Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge, Tameside was jailed for two years.

Clyde admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm; and resisting arrest. She was also issued with a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order.

Crazed mum who’d been drinking and smoking Spice was ‘foaming at the mouth’ when she attacked a cop – as crowd ‘screamed and cheered as if they were at a football match’

Anthony Joyce



Anthony Joyce

Joyce launched a brutal machete attack on an old friend following a bust-up.

Antonio O’Neill, 48, was hospitalised for four weeks after the horrific assault committed by Joyce, who he had allowed to stay at his Cheetham Hill flat.

Joyce, 36, was jailed for nine years.

Man who found a place to live after sleeping rough for years let an old friend stay with him – before they had a row and his pal attacked him with a machete

Samantha Cox



Clockwise from top left: Christopher Corbett, Darren Horrocks, Stephen Worthington, Samantha Cox, Lee Worthington and Joanna Zblewska. They have all been jailed for their involvement in the dealing of heroin and cocaine in Salford.

Cox ran a Salford beauty salon and enjoyed having ‘luxury’ items, including expensive cars and designer clothes, through her involvement in drug dealing.

Her former partner Lee Worthington, 36, previously jailed for 10 years for drugs offences, used illicit phones to remain involved in crime from prison.

He helped to launder drug money, using associates he knew from jail.

The pair, as well as four other defendants including Worthington’s 33-year-old brother Stephen, were all jailed for their involvement in the dealing of heroin and cocaine in Salford.

Cox, of Littleton Road, Salford; Horrocks, of Valencia Avenue, Salford; Stephen Worthington, of Alfred Street, Worsley; Zblewska, of Mulberry Road, Salford; and Corbett, of Fram Street, Salford; admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.

Cox also admitted converting criminal property and concealing criminal property.

Lee Worthington admitted money laundering.

The sentences handed down:

  • Cox was jailed for five years and five months.

  • Lee Worthington was jailed for three years and five months.

  • Stephen Worthington was jailed for six years and six months.

  • Zblewska was jailed for six years and six months.

  • Corbett was jailed for three years and nine months.

  • Horrocks was jailed for six years and ten months.

Woman who ran ‘modest’ Salford beauty salon had Range Rover, Porsche and luxury lifestyle – through drug dealing

Mark Hart and Mark Raymond



Mark Raymond

Hart and Raymond held an UberEats driver hostage for 12 hours, tying him up, attacking him with knives and hammers and making him strip naked – all for £20.

Hart, of no fixed abode, was jailed for eight years and nine months for the offences of robbery, false imprisonment, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.

Raymond, of Bowness Road, was jailed for eight years for robbery, false imprisonment and supplying class B drugs.

UberEats driver held hostage, stripped naked and beaten for 12 hours – all for £20

Peter Fogg



Peter Fogg

Fogg, who sexually abused two girls 50 years ago, was jailed for 22 years.

Peter Fogg, now 61, abused his two victims in the 1970s and 1980s in the Denton area.

He was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court to 22 years in prison.

He was found guilty of three counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, six counts of indecent assault and seven counts of gross indecency with a child.

Man who sexually abused two girls and avoided justice for 50 years is finally behind bars

The ‘cannabis farm’ family



Left to right: Van Dang, Ho Qa Dong, Cam Thi Ho

A family who ran a ‘wide-spanning organised criminal network’ with cannabis farms worth hundreds of thousands of pounds in houses across the North West, Yorkshire and the Midlands were jailed.

Van Dang, Thi Ho and Cam Thi Ho and were all arrested during simultaneous raids in Darwen, Blackburn and Bolton in December 2019, while Ho Qa Dong was arrested at an earlier date.

Last year, Van Dang, 49, of Harwood Street, Darwen; Thi Ho, 35, of Harwood Street, Darwen; Ho Qa Dong, 25, of Sunnymere Drive, Darwen; and Cam Thi Ho, 30 of Sunnymere Drive, Darwen; all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis when they appeared at Preston Crown Court.

On February 5, Van Dang was sentenced to four and a half years custody, Cam Thi Ho was sentenced to three years and Ho Qa Dong was sentenced to 27 months.

Thi Ho was sentenced to 10 months, suspended for 12, and given a three-month curfew.

Family who set up huge ‘criminal network’ with cannabis farms jailed after police raid Bolton and Bury houses

Gemma Wood



Rachel Wood has been jailed

Gemma Wood threatened to torch terrified neighbours after dousing them with petrol at a barbecue and then attacked a peace-maker with a kitchen knife.

Wood, 38, of Innis Avenue in Newton Heath, was jailed for two years after she admitted affray and assault causing actual bodily harm at Manchester Crown Court.

Foul-mouthed mum threatened to torch terrified neighbours after dousing them in petrol at a barbecue

Shujaat Ali



Shujaat Ali lunged at a teenager with a knife

Shujaat Ali tried to stab a teenager at a Manchester Metrolink stop.

CCTV footage released by police shows Shujaat Ali lunging at the 17-year-old as the victim sat on railings at Abraham Moss tram stop in Cheetham Hill.

Ali, 20, of Balmoral Avenue, Bury, was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to attempted Section 20 assault at Manchester Crown Court.

The terrifying moment a knifeman tried to stab a teenager at a Metrolink stop

Asad Mahmood



The chop shop of stripped stolen car parts found by police inside Pioneer Mill in Radcliffe. It was the centre for a “sophisticated” operation which handled parts from cars stolen from throughout the north west.

An undercover sting snared Mahmood who was selling stolen car parts on eBay.

And the operation led to the discovery of a “chop shop” in Bury which contained £240,000 worth of stolen vehicles. The find in a converted mill smashed a regional-wide racket.

Asad Mahmood, of Queens Road, Oldham, was jailed for four years at Minshull Street Crown Court after pleading guilty to handling stolen goods between 23 June 2018 and 14 August 2019.

The undercover eBay sting that led to police smashing open £240k ‘chop shop’ hidden in mill

Iman Chalouskri



Iman Chalouskri has been jailed after police discovered 10kg cocaine stash at his home

Iman Chalouskri was jailed after police found a 10kg-stash of cocaine worth £1m at his home in Newton Heath.

Police made the shocking discovery while making enquiries about a stolen motorbike at Chalouskri’s house on Mainhill Walk.

Officers said the 25-year-old started ‘sweating profusely’ when they came across a padlocked metal black box underneath the stairs.

Inside the box police found a suitcase containing 10kg of cocaine in block-packages branded with the Ecuador flag.

He was sentenced to seven years and six months in jail after pleading guilty conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

The sweating man who had bundles of cocaine worth £1m stashed under his stairs – all marked with the Ecuador flag

Jack Brown and Conor O’Casey



Conor O’Casey and Jack Brown

Two drug dealers brutally murdered a man in his own home as they robbed him of a cannabis grow.

Jack Brown, 26, and Conor O’Casey, 23, received life sentences for the murder of father-of-four Leroy Hanley.

After being found guilty of murder and robbery, Brown and O’Casey were both told they must serve a minimum of 27 years in jail before they can be considered for release.

Drug dealers murdered Manchester dad-of-four in horrific hammer attack as they stole £7,000 cannabis grow

Jordan Owens and David Jones




Jordan Owens, 27, David Jones, 22 and a 17-year-old boy were jailed after they raided a shopping centre in Droylsden armed with sledgehammers and crowbars.

Jordan Owens, of Darkerwood Close, Crumpsall, was jailed for 28 months after admitting burglary, criminal damage, and three counts of attempt burglary.

David Jones, of Victoria Avenue, Blackley, was also sentenced to 28 months after pleading guilty to the same charges.

A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to burglary other than dwelling, criminal damage, possession of a controlled drug of class B and three counts of attempt burglary and was given a youth rehabilitation order for 12 months.

Two men and teenager jailed after raiding ‘struggling shops’ with sledgehammers and crowbars in Tameside

Collins Mukonowatsauka



Collins Mukonowatsauka

A member of a Manchester gang which threatened a couple and their 10-year-old son with knives and attacked their dog with a hammer during a terrifying raid on their home was jailed.

Collins Mukonowatsauka, 22, of Eastern By-Pass, Openshaw was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated burglary at Chester Crown Court.

Cantrill, 19, from Manchester, was sentenced to 14 years in prison; Patterson, 22, of Stan Jolley Walk, Manchester, was jailed for 10-and-a-half years and McLeod, 20, of Back Haslam Street, Bury, was handed an eight-and-a-half-year custodial sentence in April 2019 after pleading guilty to robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

Morrissey, 19, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to eight years detention at a young offender’s institute after admitting the same charges in December 2020.

Violent burglary gang burst into home, threatened 10-year-old boy with knives and attacked dog with hammer

Jack Kent



Jack Kent has been jailed for killing his victim Lee Oakes

Jack Kent brutally punched his disabled victim down a flight of stairs at a hostel in Salford then said ‘I don’t care if he dies’.

Lee Oates suffered a severe head injury after he was attacked by Jack Kent on September 26 last year.

Kent, of Leicester Road, Salford, pleaded guilty to manslaughter after the prosecution said they would accept this plea.

He was jailed for eight years and four months.

‘I don’t care if he dies’… killer’s chilling words after attack left disabled man dead

Craig Makin



Craig Makin has been jailed for a string of offences
Craig Makin has been jailed for a string of offences

Craig Makin threatened a shop manager with a hammer after he was caught trying to steal a bottle of champagne.

Makin, 40, was sentenced for the armed robbery and six burglaries, at Bolton Crown Court.

After pleading guilty to armed robbery and six counts of burglary, Judge Stead sentenced Makin to 1,424 days imprisonment (around three years and nine months).

Serial robber threatened shop manager with a hammer after being caught trying to steal a bottle of champagne

William Ballantyne



William Ballantyne, 51, was arrested at Birch Services

Drugs runner William Ballantyne was caught with 2kg of heroin at a motorway service station in Heywood.

Ballantyne, 51, was arrested at Birch Services on Friday, February 28 last year.

Police discovered carrier bag full of heroin and encrypted mobile phone stashed in a secret compartment in the floor of his vehicle.

Ballantyne, of Mill Road, Lanarkshire, was jailed for four years and three months at Manchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Police stop driver at M62 services – and find secret compartment stashed with drugs

Stephen Bailey




Stephen Bailey posted a picture of a police officer on Facebook with a caption calling him a ‘raving sex offender’ and a ‘nonce case’.

Bailey also punched one of the officers who arrived at a property in Wigan to arrest him for a string of vehicle offences.

Bailey, of Dixon Avenue, Shevington, pleaded guilty to three counts of driving whilst disqualified, two counts of driving with no insurance, dangerous driving, failing to stop, malicious communications, resisting arrest and assaulting an emergency worker.

A judge handed Bailey an 18 months sentence for all of the offences, which had been reduced by a third because he pleaded guilty.

He was also disqualified from driving for 20 months.

Man jailed after calling police officer ‘raving sex offender’ in Facebook post and punching another

Lee Bird



Lee Bird

A thief who targeted tradesmen stealing their vans and tools was jailed.

Lee Bird, from Urmston in Trafford, stole six vans across Cheshire and Merseyside between December 2019 and July 2020.

He was jailed for 20 months at Chester Crown Court after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.

Urmston van thief who targeted tradesmen across Cheshire and Merseyside is jailed

Damien Twizell



Damien Twizell has been jailed

Paedophile Damien Twizell raped and sexually assaulted a child.

Damien Twizell, 33, abused his victim on several occasions before raping them.

Twizell pleaded guilty to 10 counts, including assault of a child under the age of 13 by penetration on 10 occasions; rape of a child under 13; sexual assault of a child under 13; sexual communication with a child; causing a child to engage in sexual activity; and taking indecent images.

Twizell, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 14 years and four months.

He was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be on the Sex Offender Register for life.

Paedophile raped child then used fake social media profiles to speak to ‘haunted’ victim

Mustaq Ahmed and Shafaq Khan

A shopkeeper and his landlord were jailed after the fumes from an electricity generator they installed in a back room of a convenience store killed the tenant living in the flat above.

The body of Joao Afonso, 58, who worked at The Crown Plaza hotel in Manchester, was found in the first floor flat in a converted former pub on Wood Street in Middleton on September 14, 2017.

The father-of-six died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by fumes from a petrol-powered electricity generator which had been installed in a poorly ventilated rear store room of the convenience store.

The landlord of the building, Mushtaq Ahmed, and Shafaq Khan, who ran the shop, hired the generator to provide power to the store and all the flats above it after Electricity North West had discovered the meter had been bypassed and so cut off the supply.

They ignored safety instructions on the generator by placing it in an enclosed space with no proper ventilation and risked the safety of customers, employees and tenants by plugging the ventilator into the mains.

Ahmed, of Roundthorn Road in Oldham, and Khan, of Gainsborough Drive in Rochdale, both 51, denied gross negligence manslaughter and other charges but they were convicted following a trial at the nightingale court at Salford’s Lowry theatre.

Khan was jailed for eight years. He was also convicted of four health and safety breaches by installing the generator, namely that he failed to ensure the safety of his employees, failed to make sure they weren’t exposed to risk and two counts of failing to carry out required risk-assessments.

Ahmed was jailed for nine years. He was also convicted of three health and safety breaches, two concerning the generator and one for failing to carry out a risk-assessment.

Greedy owner and landlord ignored countless safety warnings and poisoned beloved dad who lived above shop to death

David Ashton



David Ashton

David Ashton committed numerous burglaries and stole cars in Cheshire whilst homeowners slept.

After pleading guilty to three offences of burglary and two offences of theft of a motor vehicle Ashton was sentenced to three years and nine months in a young offenders’ institution.

Ashton, of Kinmel Walk, Wythenshawe, was also banned from driving for two years and ordered to pay a £190 victim surcharge.

Downfall of the Wythenshawe burglar who broke into Cheshire homes while owners slept

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Stuart Whittle



Stuart Whittle has been jailed

‘Career burglar’ Stuart Whittle who assaulted a police officer was put behind bars after telling lawyers he ‘needed to get a new job because he keeps being caught’.

Whittle, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to burglary dwelling, aggravated vehicle taking, driving without a licence or insurance, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possessing a prohibited weapon.

He was handed five years and nine months in prison and faces a driving ban.

‘Career burglar’ with ‘appalling’ record tells lawyers ‘I need to get a proper job… I keep getting caught’

Lee Clarke




Lee Clarke deliberately ploughed his car into a ‘completely innocent’ couple.

Clarke, 23, drove a blue Volkswagen Golf at the man and the woman while they were outside Revival Nightclub, Rawtenstall, on Christmas Eve 2019.

Dashcam footage from a nearby car showed Clarke’s car slow down once the victims were in sight before accelerating, mounting the kerb and hitting both of them – knocking them to the floor.

Clarke then drove the car at the woman for a second time before reversing towards both victims, knocking the woman to the floor.

Clarke, of Bacup Road, Rossendale, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He also pleaded guilty to other unrelated dangerous driving and assault offences.

He was jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Horrifying moment ‘despicable’ thug ploughed his car into couple outside nightclub

Aaron Sutton



Aaron Sutton

Aaron Sutton, 22, was originally spared jail after being found with indecent images of children.

But after being given a chance and having his progress reviewed by a judge, Sutton was in contact with a child on the internet.

Their online messages included ‘highly sexualised conversation’.

He was jailed for three-and-a-half years after Judge Anthony Cross QC said he had been ‘fooling’ the probation service and had lied to him.

Sutton, of Greenpark Road, Northenden, pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging in sexual communication with a child, and three counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

Paedophile spared jail after saying he wanted to change… all the while having secret ‘highly sexualised’ chats with girl

Gary Spilsbury




Serial burglar Gary Spilsbury, who tied women up before raiding their homes, was jailed.

He was sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to 10 counts of burglary, two counts of robbery, five counts of theft and two counts of fraud.

Serial burglar who tied lone women up before ransacking their homes is jailed

Reece Davies



Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester
Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester

Reece Davies sent threatening messages to a woman about her boyfriend, including pictures of knives and an air pistol.

Davies, 20, of of Derwent Walk, Whitefield, sent a series of threats to the woman and her friend, telling her that her boyfriend was ‘getting shot’, that he was going to ‘leave holes in him’ and that he was going to ‘cut his ears off’, Minshull Street Crown Court was told.

Pleading guilty to making threats to kill and possession with intent to supply class A and class B drugs, Davies was sentenced to two-and-a-half years imprisonment.

‘Tell him I’m gonna leave holes in him’: Drug dealer jailed after sending death threats to woman about her boyfriend

Daniel Taylor



Daniel Taylor

Daniel Taylor, 27, went on a robbery spree across Salford.

Over the space of a week last December, Taylor was responsible for four robberies, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Taylor was declared a ‘dangerous’ offender and handed an extended sentence.

He must serve two-thirds of an eight year custodial term in prison, and the Parole Board will decide when he can be released. He also faces an additional two years on licence.

This is the ‘dangerous’ crack addict who went on a robbery spree and then called a black police officer a ‘monkey’

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March

Lee Greensmith and Robert Haigh



Lee Greensmith has been jailed for his part in the burglary at Warren James
Lee Greensmith has been jailed for his part in the burglary at Warren James

Two hapless burglars were caught less than 300 yards away from the jewellers that they had stolen more than £1,000 worth of goods from.

Lee Greensmith, 47, of Hope Carr Lane, Leigh, and Robert Haigh, 49, of Cowper Avenue, Atherton, had previously pleaded guilty to burglary, while Haigh, of Cowper Avenue, Atherton, had also pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.

Judge Timothy Stead jailed Greensmith for 20 months and sentenced Haigh to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Hapless jewellery burglars caught yards away from shop they targeted

Steven Flynn



Albion Drive, Aspull, where Steven Flynn lived
Albion Drive, Aspull, where Steven Flynn lived

Steven Flynn groomed young boys he found during online video gaming sessions.

Steven Flynn, of Albion Drive, Aspull, Wigan, was sentenced to six years imprisonment at Bolton Crown Court.

The 28-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images, three counts of distributing indecent images, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, inciting a boy to engage in sexual activity, attempting to arrange sexual activity with a child, and possession of a bladed article.

Paedophile jailed after grooming children he met playing online video games

Tuan Do



Tuan Do

Tuan Do played a key role in a ‘barbaric’ failed plot to traffic illegal immigrants into the UK to work in cannabis farms.

He was also involved in the running of cannabis farms which produced tens of thousands of pounds worth of the drug.

He was jailed for 11 years.

The greedy restaurant boss turned drugs farmer who is now behind bars for ‘barbaric’ human trafficking plot

Dean Paul



Dean Paul has been jailed for assaulting his girlfriend
Dean Paul has been jailed for assaulting his girlfriend

Dean Paul subjected his new girlfriend to a sickening attack, leaving her with potentially permanent injuries and disfigurement to her face.

Paul pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm at the first opportunity.

The judge, Recorder Alexandra Simmonds sentenced Paul to 26 months imprisonment and imposed a restraining order on him for an indefinite period of time.

Dad leaves girlfriend covered in blood after brutal, remorseless beating… she is so badly injured she could be permanently disfigured

Christopher Edwards



Christopher Edwards was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court

Christopher Edwards attempted to sexually exploit a teenage girl through social media.

Edwards, 37, sent a number of sexually explicit images and messages to a girl from Warrington.

Edwards, from Failsworth, pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual communications with a child, attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 following grooming and breaching a sexual risk order.

He was jailed for 9 years and ordered to serve an extended sentence of seven-and-a-half years on licence, which will begin upon his release from prison.

Man ‘bombarded’ teenage girl with messages and offered to pay her for sex after booking hotel room

Leslie Thorley



Leslie Thorley (left) attacked and stole Mr Largan’s (right) iPhone 10

Leslie Thorley attacked a Tory politician and threatened to kill him after snatching his iPhone 10 on a train bound for Manchester.

He punched High Peak MP, Robert Largan, in the face and threw a brick towards him after the pair became involved in a tussle over his £1,200 phone.

Thorley, who has a number of previous convictions for violence, was on licence at the time of the attack for an offence of manslaughter.

He has since been recalled to prison where he will serve the remainder of his licence period – until 2024.

Thorley was jailed for 44 months to run concurrent to that jail term after admitting offences of theft and battery.

Killer punched Tory MP in the face on train and threatened to ‘murder him’ in tussle over £1,200 phone

Peter Logan



Peter Logan has been jailed for six years after striking his robbery victim in the head with a meat cleaver

Masked thug Peter Logan, who battered a shop worker with a meat cleaver, was jailed for more than six years.

Logan, of Gray Close, Stockport, was sentenced to six years and 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to robbery and assault.

Masked thug battered shop worker with meat cleaver in ‘gruesome’ attack

Dorian Pirija, Noza Saffari and Qazim Marku



From left: Qazim Marku, Dorian Pirija and Noza Xaffari
From left: Qazim Marku, Dorian Pirija and Noza Saffari

Three men were jailed for a total of 53 years over the shotgun killing of a dad.

Dorian Pirija, 33, from Bolton, along with Noza Saffari, 39 and Qazim Marku, 25, received lengthy custodial sentences for their roles in the killing of Hamawand Ali Hussain.

Saffari, of Park Lane, Middlesbrough, was jailed for 15 years. Marku, of Maxwell Road, West Drayton, London, was jailed for 19 years. Pirija, of Trillo Avenue, Bolton, was also jailed for 19 years.

Three men jailed for total of 53 years over shotgun killing of dad

Dwainn Swann



Dwainn Swann has been jailed after stabbing a man in the head
Dwainn Swann has been jailed after stabbing a man in the head

Dwainn Swann was locked up after dragging a man out a car and stabbing him in the head.

Swann, of Birkett Bank, Wigan, was jailed for 30 months, following the attack, which happened on January 31, 2020.

Swann denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent but pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of unlawful wounding, on the day of his trial, in February.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article.

Window cleaner dragged man out of car and stabbed him in head in brutal attack

Bahaa Kadum



Bahaa Kadum, from Ashton-under-Lyne, jailed for five years after getting into a couple’s home to use their toilet and then threatening to kill them.

A couple awoke to find Bahaa Kadum using their toilet.

He then threatened to kill them both.

During the terrifying ordeal a man had to jump for his life out of a window as Bahaa Kadum tried to batter down a bedroom door to reach him with a kitchen knife.

After the man escaped to get help, Kadum took his girlfriend hostage. He threatened to kill the woman and himself.

Kadum , 26, of Knowle Avenue, Ashton-under-Lyne was sentenced to five years and three months imprisonment after pleading guilty to one count of false imprisonment and two counts of making threats to kill.

Couple woke up to find intruder using toilet before he picked up a kitchen knife and left them fearing for lives

Jamie Cooper



Jamie Cooper has been jailed
Jamie Cooper has been jailed

Jamie Cooper, who was spared jail after throwing roof tiles at police cars, was locked up after breaching his suspended sentence.

On June 11 last year, Jamie Cooper terrorised Phethean Street, in Farnworth, by climbing onto the roof of his house and hurling tiles at officers and emergency service vehicles.

The stand-off lasted around seven hours and Cooper was given a two year suspended sentence at Bolton Crown Court on October 22, 2020.

The 29-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to six counts of criminal damage to property under £5,000, three counts of criminal damage to property over £5,000, affray, and assault by beating of an emergency worker.

However, four months later, his behaviour deteriorated whilst in the back of a police van and he began making threats.

Officers then learned that Cooper was wanted in connection to another offence and arrested him.

His suspended sentence was activated and he was jailed for 16 months.

Man who threw roof tiles at cop cars during seven-hour stand-off assaulted police officer months into suspended sentence

Adam Morrison



Adam Morrison

Adam Morrison broke into a couple’s flat and was caught with handfuls of a woman’s underwear.

Morrison pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and was jailed for six years.

He was said to have no previous convictions.

Morrison, of Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, was jailed for six years and was made subject of a restraining order that will last until further order.

Teacher was caught with handfuls of his neighbour’s knickers and a chisel during bizarre drug fuelled burglary

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April

Michael Pullan



Michael Pullan

Michael Pullan killed one friend and left another seriously hurt after losing control of his car and ploughing into a tree.

Daryl Bright’s devastated family watched on in court, as mechanic Michael Pullan was jailed for causing his death.

Pullan, who was also injured, was jailed for three years and nine months.

“I want no-one else to feel this pain”: Speeding driver killed one friend and left another seriously injured in horror smash

Jorden Rowbottom




Jorden Rowbottom was jailed for nine years after he threw a man from the bonnet of his car and left him for dead.

Rowbottom pleaded guilty and was handed a nine year sentence, including six years in a Young Offender Institute, with a further three years on licence.

He was disqualified from driving for 10 years and must take an extended retest.

Road rage thug jailed after throwing van driver from bonnet of car and leaving him for dead

Andrew David Walsh



Andrew David Walsh

Andrew David Walsh sexually assaulted a girl and asked his victim’s mother not to report him to police after his offences came to light.

Former breakdown recovery driver Andrew David Walsh carried out a drunken sexual assault on the child.

Walsh, 55, from Bolton, admitted he had committed the same offence numerous times against his victim.

Walsh pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 and was sentenced to three years in jail.

Man who repeatedly sexually assaulted little girl asked victim’s mum not to tell police

Garry Meadowcroft



Garry Meadowcroft

Garry Meadowcroft subjected a child to ‘grave’ sexual abuse.

Meadowcroft, 32, raped the girl three times.

He also sexually assaulted the child.

A judge said he had caused her ‘severe psychological harm’, as he locked up Meadowcroft for 14 years.

Meadowcroft, who was previously jailed for five years for firearms offences, later pleaded guilty to three counts of raping a child; and one count of sexual assault of a child.

He also admitted two counts of criminal damage in relation to another incident.

He was sentenced to 14 years in jail, and had an additional year on licence added after being categorised as an ‘offender of particular concern’.

“You chose to abuse her in the most appalling fashion”: Vodka-fuelled rapist subjected girl to ‘grave’ sexual abuse

Ade Junior Adekoya



Drug dealer Ade Junior Adekoya from Bolton. He tried to escape cops by jumping from a block of flats in Warrington.

Ade Junior Adekoya jumped from a block of flats in a bid to escape police.

The cocaine and heroin supplier had fled into the block after high-speed pursuit of his Golf GTI.

The 35-year-old of Ernest Street, Bolton was sentenced to four years imprisonment for possession with intent to supply class A drugs at Liverpool Crown Court.

Drug dealer jumped from window in futile bid to shake off cops after high-speed chase

Melissa Stubbs, Aaron Stubbs, Stephen Strutt and Peter Walker




Three men and a woman from Manchester were jailed for life after a doting dad was hunted down and murdered.

Warren Glover, 33, was battered with a metal bar and found unconscious on a street. He died three weeks later in hospital.

Mr Glover’s family spoke of their grief and loss as brother and sister Aaron and Melissa Stubbs received life sentences in court.

Both were convicted of ‘joint enterprise’ murder, together with their friend, Stephen Strutt, and Strutt’s brother-in-law, Peter Walker.

All four denied the charges they faced, but were found guilty by a jury after a trial.

Melissa Stubbs, 30, of Lane End Road, Burnage, was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years and six months.

Aaron Stubbs, 30, of the same address, was jailed for life with a minimum of 21 years and six months.

Strutt, 39, of Chester Avenue, Stalybridge, Tameside, was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years.

Walker, 31, of Garth Road, Wythenshawe, was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years and six months.

Life sentences for three men and a woman after dad hunted down and murdered over ‘offensive’ text messages

Ryce Mendoza



Ryce Mendoza (left) was travelling in the passenger seat of a stolen Toyota Yaris which was being driven by Kyle Hudson (right)

A young dad who had been travelling in a stolen car which crashed after being pursued by police in Stockport was jailed.

Ryce Mendoza, 20, was in the passenger seat of a Toyota Yaris which was being driven by Kyle Hudson as the pair fled the scene of a burglary in Handforth, Cheshire.

Hudson suffered a serious head injury after the car, which was driven at ‘excessive speed’ crashed into the wall of a property in Bramhall in November last year.

The 16-year-old was taken to hospital where he sadly died a short time later.

Mendoza, of Catherine Street, Stockport, was sentenced to 30 months in a youth offender institution after admitting burglary, attempted burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.

Man travelling in stolen car which crashed and killed his teenage pal during police chase in Stockport is jailed

Raymond Conner



Raymond Conner

Raymond Conner was banned from being alone with children when he sexually assaulted a young girl as he carried out work on her parents’ house.

He was jailed for four years after admitting five offences of sexual assault on a child under the age of 16 and breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Conner was also handed a restraining order banning him from contacting the victim or her family, and will be made subject to another indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Convicted paedophile sexually assaulted young girl as he did building work in house while her parents were out

Christopher Bridger



Christopher Bridger has been jailed for more than five years for dealing class A drugs

Heroin and crack cocaine dealer Christopher Bridger was jailed for more than five years after being arrested in a stop and search.

He was charged with two counts of being concerned in the supply of the class A drugs, possession of class B drug cannabis and possession of criminal property.

Bridger, of Copster Hill Road in Oldham, pleaded guilty to all of the charges and was jailed for five and a half years.

He was also ordered to pay a £190 victim surcharge.

Heroin and crack cocaine dealer jailed for more than five years after being arrested in stop and search

Zak Bolland and David Worrall



Zak Bolland and David Worrall

Two remorseless killers were sentenced to more time in prison after being found guilty of murder for a second time.

Zak Bolland, 26, and David Worrall, 29, had around three years added to their life sentences after being convicted of Michelle Pearson’s murder in a petrol bomb attack at her Salford home.

Four of Michelle’s children also died in the blaze at their Walkden house – 15-year-old Demi; eight-year-old Brandon; seven-year-old Lacie; and Lia, three.

Bolland and Worrall were found guilty of the murders of the children at a trial in 2018, and received life sentences and were ordered to serve a minimum of 40 and 37 years respectively.

They were then found guilty of Michelle’s murder at a second trial and their barristers argued they should not have their minimum terms increased.

They were again handed life sentences, to serve a minimum of 40 and 37 years respectively.

Courtney Brierley, 23, Bolland’s former girlfriend, was found guilty of manslaughter at the first trial after she ‘encouraged and assisted’ the pair.

She then admitted the same offence before the second trial.

Brierley was originally sentenced to 21 years, of which she would have to serve half.

She was then sentenced to 12 years. Under new laws passed since the first sentencing, she now has to serve two-thirds of that sentence.

Everything the judge said to Zak Bolland, David Worrall and Courtney Brierley as they were sentenced

Spencer Candland and Tony Partington



Spencer Candland (left) and Tony Partington (right)

Around £130,000-worth of weed was found in a car stopped by cops in Salford with Spencer Candland and Tony Partington.

Candland, of Langworthy Road, and Partington were both arrested, interviewed and charged with possession with intent to supply class B drugs.

After pleading guilty, both men were jailed for two years and four months.

Cops stop ‘suspicious’ Ford Focus in Salford – and find £130,000-worth of weed

Ellis Critchley



Ellis Critchley

Teenager Ellis Critchley raped one girl and sexually assaulted another.

Critchley, 18, from Bolton, set upon the two girls when he was just 15. They were both under 16.

He pleaded guilty – on the day of a scheduled trial – to four counts of sexual assault and one count of rape, and also admitted burglary in relation to another offence.

Critchley, of Frank Street, was jailed for 48 months; made to sign the Sex Offender Register for 10 years and made the subject of a restraining order against the two girls for 10 years.

‘You didn’t seem to understand girls are entitled to say ‘no’ to a boy’: Teenager raped girl and sexually assaulted another

Gregory Braithwaite



Gregory Braithwaite, 36, was jailed for attempted robbery

A man from Tameside was jailed after he used a make-shift axe to threaten a shopkeeper for booze.

Gregory Braithwaite, 36, of Penrith Avenue, Ashton-under-Lyne, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, after an incident last May.

Braithwaite was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to 27 months in prison for attempted robbery.

Man jailed after threatening shopkeeper with make-shift axe

Karl Banks




Karl Banks set fire to his partner’s pub after accusing her of seeing another man.

Banks, who has three previous convictions for seven offences, pleaded guilty to a charge of arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered.

Banks was jailed for a total of three years and four months and put under a restraining order.

Pathetic boyfriend ‘consumed by jealousy over man called Jimbob’ set fire to partner’s pub as she looked after sick daughter

Florin Costea, Marius Meiosu and Gabriel Mocanu




A gang of thieves operating from Oldham targeted supermarkets across the country and stole more than £160,000 worth of products.

The gang struck at least 81 times, at stores in Oldham, Bury, Bolton and Wigan, but also further afield in Scotland and Wales and across England.

The three men arrested in Oldham – Florin Costea, 51, Marius Meiosu, 25, and Gabriel Mocanu, 36 – were all jailed for 42 months.

Their accomplices Nicolea Ilea, 36, Alin Mahai, 27, and Stefan Florin, 31, all received the same sentence during a hearing at Chester Crown Court. All six pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal.

Gang of thieves from Oldham struck at Asda stores across the UK – they stole £160,000 worth of high-value products… including thousands of nappies

Jack Halliwell



Jack Halliwell

A drug-dealing teenager left a man permanently blind in a frenzied hammer attack.

In a horrific assault, Jack Halliwell, of Stockport, struck his victim up to 12 times before taking a picture of him as he lay unconscious. He then posted it on social media.

Now, the 17-year-old has been given a 14-year sentence after being convicted of attempted murder. He was given an extended licence period of three years.

Teen’s brutal hammer attack left man unrecognisable and blind… the sick thug then took a photo of his unconscious victim for social media

Kyle Valentine




Kyle Valentine bit a supermarket worker’s hand as he tried to steal her car in Tameside.

Valentine, of Chapel Street, Llandudno, was sentenced to three years in prison for attempted robbery, attempted burglary of dwelling, breach of a community order and breach of a suspended sentence order.

Man bit supermarket worker’s hand as he tried to steal her car

Luke Jones and Sol Pegler




A gang of drug dealers were jailed after the death of a 17-year-old girl at Leeds Festival.

Luke Jones, 18 and Sol Pegler, 21, all from Oldham, were convicted of a string of charges following an investigation by West Yorkshire Police.

It was prompted by the tragic death of teenager Anya Buckley, also from Oldham, from a suspected drugs overdose on August 24 2019 while attending the music festival.




Jones, of Lauren Close, Oldham, was sentenced to two years and eight months for conspiracy to supply a class A drug, namely MDMA at Leeds Crown Court.

Pegler, of Highmoor View, Oldham, was sentenced for eight offences including conspiracy to supply class A drugs, possession of class A drugs and possession of class B drugs.

He was jailed for six years.

“Love you forever and always”: Drug dealing gang caught after death of 17-year-old “beautiful angel” at festival locked up

Craig Jeffrey




Craig Jeffrey wielding an axe sellotaped to his wrist told a man who knocked on his door he would ‘take his head’ after being confronted over dozens of threatening calls.

Bolton Crown Court heard 32-year-old Craig Jeffrey made dozens of malicious phone calls to a mother who had questioned his ex-partner’s parenting skills over text.

Jeffrey pleaded guilty to putting a person in fear of violence by harassment, threatening another with a bladed article and sending a communication with intent to cause distress or anxiety, on March 26.

He was given a 16-month sentence for putting a person in fear of violence by harassment, and a 12-month sentence for threatening another with a bladed article.

He was handed four months imprisonment for a racially aggravated count of sending a communication with intent to cause distress or anxiety.

Raging dad who had axe sellotaped to his wrist told man who knocked on his door ‘I’ll take your head’

Robert Gaskell



Robert Gaskell has been jailed for four years

Robert Gaskell was jailed after sexually exploiting a schoolgirl he had plied with alcohol and cigarettes.

Gaskell, of Whiteacre Road, Ashton, pleaded guilty to Child Sexual Exploitation offences, including engaging in sexual activity with a child under 16.

He was sentenced to four years in prison at Minshull Street Crown Court.

He was also made subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will have to sign the sex offender’s register.

Man jailed for sexually exploiting schoolgirl after grooming her with alcohol and cigarettes

Tony Eckersley



Tony Eckersley

‘Keyboard warrior’ Tony Eckerlsey from Salford sent hundreds of ‘hate filled’ messages to an MP.

Eckersley, 52, ‘bombarded’ Birmingham MP Jess Phillips with more than 300 emails containing threatening messages and racial slurs.

He was sentenced to 28 months in jail.

A restraining order was also passed, preventing Eckersley from contacting Ms Phillips or going within 100 metres of anywhere he believes she lives or works, except for pre-arranged visits to the Houses of Parliament with the consent of security staff.

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Leroy Panton



Leroy Panton

A son strangled his mother to death in their home then put her in the bath, a court heard.

Leroy Panton, 40, killed his mum Hyacinth Morris at their house in Levenshulme, during a ‘violent struggle’ as she ‘fought for her life’.

Panton, who admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, has now been jailed for six years and eight months.

Son who strangled his mum to death then put her in the bath jailed for six years

Colin Cooley



Colin Cooley

Colin Cooley, who sexually abused three boys, almost drove one of his victims to suicide, a court heard.

Cooley, 50, from Oldham, whose abuse spanned a 15 year period, has now been locked up for 18 years.

He admitted a catalogue of sexual offences including rape.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of rape, five counts of penetrative sex acts with a child, five counts of indecent assault, five counts of gross indecency with a child and five counts of sexual assault.

Depraved paedophile sexually abused three boys in years of horrific attacks – he almost drove one victim to suicide

Darren Tomlinson



Darren Tomlinson

A paedophile who inflicted ‘dreadful’ sexual abuse on a young girl sees himself as a victim, a judge said.

Darren Tomlinson, from Salford, was jailed for 10-and-a-half years for the historic abuse he committed against his victim.

Tomlinson, now 43, was found guilty of five counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted rape.

Paedophile who inflicted ‘dreadful’ sexual abuse on young girl sees himself as victim, court hears

Husnain Ali



Husnain Ali

Drug dealer Husnain Ali was jailed after stashes of crack cocaine and cash were discovered in a ‘fantastic arrest’.

He was arrested on the spot for possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, as well as driving without insurance.

On April 6, almost a year on, neighbourhood police announced that Ali, of Rishton Lane in Bolton, has been jailed for the crimes.

He was also sentenced for the obstruction of police and is now in prison for three years.

Drug dealer jailed after he’s found with stashes of crack cocaine and cash

Shaun Carruthers



The Hope and Anchor Pub where Shaun Carruthers started a beer garden brawl

A dad-of-three who grabbed a woman by the throat before launching her down a flight of stairs was jailed for a number of offences.

Shaun Carruthers, 34, was hauled before Bolton Crown Court on April 6 to answer for a host of charges involving violent incidents, including starting a beer garden brawl and accidentally stabbing a man in the chest in the street.

The first of the attacks took place on the evening of April 14, 2018.

Carruthers, of Fairbourne Walk in Oldham, was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, violent disorder, and unlawful wounding and the possession of a bladed article.

He was sentenced to a total of five years in prison for the offences.

Man grabbed woman by the neck and threw her down stairs is jailed

Patrick Kelly



Patrick Kelly was sentenced for three counts of sexual assault of a child under 13

A paedophile who was let off with a fine after sexually assaulting a girl at a swimming pool was jailed after committing the same crime three decades later.

Patrick Kelly, 65, was hauled before the courts in 1984 for what was then described as ‘indecent touching’ of a little girl under her swimming costume.

He received only a fine for the crime.

More than 30 years later, Kelly, of Tabley Road in Bolton, has been jailed for three years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13.

Kelly was also made the subject of a restraining order, a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be on the Sex Offender Register for life.

Paedophile let-off with fine 30 years ago continued to commit his sickening crimes

Gail Anne Cotton



Gail Anne Cotton

A cleaner who ran the UK side of a drugs racket from her home – in cahoots with a contact in Australia called ‘Joe MacAussie’ – had two Vanish tubs full of cocaine under her kitchen sink.

Police found £5,000 in cash; four mobile phones; five SIM cards; digital scales; 13.9 grams of ‘designer cannabis’ worth £140; 940g of Spice with a street value of £4,080 to £9,400; and 355g of MDMA with a value of between £10,400 and £14,200 at Gail Anne Cotton’s house in Oldham.

Cops discovered two Vanish tubs under the sink containing a ‘white, rock-like substance’, which tests showed was 59.6g of cocaine worth £6,000.

Cotton, 55, of Melling Road, was sentenced to three years after admitting conspiring to produce Spice with intent to supply; possession of cocaine with intent to supply; possession of ecstasy and MDMA with intent to supply; and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Cleaner who ran drugs racket – with contact in Australia called ‘Joe MacAussie’ – had two Vanish tubs full of cocaine under her sink

Adam Hussain



Hussain
Adam Hussain, 24, has been jailed for six years

An ‘immature’ man who enjoyed a lavish lifestyle with his girlfriend on the back of dealing cocaine was jailed.

Police raided two properties in Bolton where Adam Hussain had been living in May 2019 and July 2020 with his then-partner Emma Lavery, both 24.

They discovered quantities of cocaine, plus cash and luxury goods totalling £170,000 across the two dates, as well as a scrap book boasting of city breaks the pair enjoyed.

Hussain pleaded guilty to four charges and was sentenced to six years in jail at Bolton Crown Court on April 1 as he appeared by video link from prison.

Couple enjoyed lavish lifestyle on back of cocaine dealing… cops found thousands in cash, a Rolex worth nearly £29k and scrap book of city breaks

Stuart Eyles



Stuart Eyles was jailed at Minshull Street Crown Court

A paedophile was jailed after committing more than 50 child sex offences.

Stuart Eyles, 44, from Hyde, was described as ‘danger to children’ after preying on youngsters via social media.

The case was originally reported to GMP by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit in 2018, after Eyles instigated conversation with an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old girl on social media.

Eyles, of Market Street, Hyde, was jailed for two years and six months at Minshull Street Crown Court after pleading guilty to:

· One count of sexual communication with a child

· Five counts of attempted sexual communication with a child

· One count of causing a child to engage in sexual activity

· One count of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity

· 21 counts of making indecent images of a child

· 30 counts of distributing indecent images of a child

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and issued with a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.

‘Danger to children’ jailed after committing more than fifty child sex offences

Michael McLernon



McLernon
Michael McLernon, 36, was sentenced to two years in prison at Bolton Crown Court

Michael McLernon was snared by undercover police officers as he tried arranging to meet teenage girls for sex.

McLernon, from Atherton, believed he was talking to three 13-year-olds online through the Kik messaging app in autumn 2019.

But McLernon was actually talking to undercover police officers.

Appearing at Bolton Crown Court alongside a social worker on April 1, McLernon pleaded guilty to all seven charges against him.

McLernon, of Flapper Fold Lane, was sentenced to two years in prison – but told he would serve a maximum of one year before being released on licence.

He must also sign the sex offenders register and was handed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order, while he has been banned from working with children.

‘Reclusive’ man who sent sick messages to ‘teenage girls’ was actually talking to undercover cops

Locked up in April: Criminals jailed in Greater Manchester last month

May

Alfred Carter



Alfred Carter

Alfred Carter, 39, was branded a dangerous offender after launching a random samurai attack against a complete stranger.

Carter, of Blossom Walk, Bury, pleaded guilty to section 18 wounding and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was jailed for nine years, and handed an extra three year licence period.

Man thought he was going to die after being stabbed in random attack by shirtless, drink-fuelled stranger with mini-samurai sword

Levi Lovey




Levi Lovey groomed and then sexually abused a teenage schoolboy.

Lovey, of Arbour View Court, Northampton, was found guilty of a number of sexual offences including attempted rape, sexual assault and sexual activity with a child following a Manchester Crown Court trial.

He was jailed for three years.

He will also be required to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life, and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order was imposed to protect the public.

Man jailed after grooming and sexually abusing teenage boy

Steven Power



Steven Power

Regular customer Steven Power brandished a rusty screwdriver at a Post Office and told terrified staff ‘I’ve already killed someone today’.

He demanded that they hand over ‘all the money’.

The shop, which was being run by three women that day, lost more than £6,000.

Power was jailed for three-and-a-half years, after admitting robbery and possessing an offensive weapon.

Terrified shop staff recognised regular customer turned robber who brandished rusty screwdriver and said ‘I’ve already killed someone today’

Omar Mohammed



Omar Mohammed

Omar Mohammed, 24, cleared a stranger’s bank account using his stolen card – then used another man’s details to steal a hire car worth £20,000.

Mohammed pleaded guilty to offences of fraud by false representation, receiving stolen goods, theft of a motor vehicle and driving whilst disqualified.

He was jailed for 30 months.

Thief emptied stranger’s bank account using bank card stolen on ‘drunken night out in Northern Quarter’

Richard Southward



Richard Southward (left) was found with a large amount of drugs

‘Greedy’ drug dealer Richard Southward was jailed after he was found with £200,000 worth of drugs in his home, as well as £33,000 in cash.

Southward, of Hurst Grove, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, one count of possession with intent supply Class B drugs, two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and one count of being concerned in the supply of class B drugs.

He was jailed for 15 years.

“You have no shame… you don’t care about anybody”: Judge tears into ‘greedy’ drug dealer jailed for 15 years after £200,000 drugs raid

Richard Lea



Richard Lea

Richard Lea stole over £40,000 worth of jewellery from his parents whilst they were on holiday.

The family were left ‘shocked’ and Lea was asked to leave the family home.

Lea, of Mobberley, pleaded guilty to one offence of theft and was jailed for 20 months.

“You are no longer a child”: Man ‘systematically plundered’ £40,000 of jewellery from his mum and dad while they were on holiday

Adrian Licurici



Adrian Licurici

Adrian Licurici robbed a handbag containing precious pictures of his victim’s late husband – and was snared by police after leaving his crutch at the scene.

Licurici, of Oldham, pleaded guilty to one offence of robbery and was jailed for three years.

‘Cowardly’ thug robbed lone woman’s handbag – then left his crutch at scene

David Udegbue



David Udegbue

A drug smuggler imported nearly half a tonne of cannabis into the UK – then went on the run for four years.

David Udegbue, 46, ‘masterminded’ dozens of importations of the class B drug between July 2015 and June 2016 with a total weight of 440kg.

Udegbue pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import class B drugs and was jailed for six years and four months.

Drug smuggler imported 440kg of cannabis into UK… then went on the run for four years

Daniel Strongitharm



Daniel Strongitharm has been jailed for 14 years after being convicted of rape

Daniel Strongitharm raped a woman twice – including whilst she was asleep.

Strongitharm, an ex-soldier, was found guilty after a trial of two offences of rape and one offence of attempted rape.

He was jailed for 14 years.

Ex-soldier who raped woman twice – including as she slept – in vicious attacks jailed

Nathaniel Morris



Nathaniel Morris

Teenager Nathaniel Morris was jailed after disposing of a loaded shotgun during a police chase in Manchester city centre.

Morris, 19, was also found with £300 worth of drugs hidden in a Kinder Egg capsule following an operation conducted by GMP’s Xcalibre Task Force.

Morris, of Chattock Street, Moss Side, pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply, and possession of cannabis.

He was jailed for six years and eight months at Manchester Crown Court.

Teenager jailed after cycling round Manchester with a loaded shotgun

Muhammad Hussain and Hashim Hussain




Muhammad Hussain, 20, and Hashim Hussain, 24, were convicted of a string of ‘despicable and sickening’ sex offences against young girls in Bury.

Muhammad was sentenced to six years and two months in prison after a jury found him guilty of raping a 14-year-old girl and sexually assaulting another girl, also aged 14.

Hashim was sentenced to four years behind bars after he filmed a group of men engaging in sexual activity with with two other girls aged 16 and 17, on two separate occasions.

Remorseless brothers who targeted vulnerable teenage girls in ‘despicable, sickening’ sex crimes jailed

Paul Lamb



Paul Lamb

Paul Lamb, 28, was jailed after setting fire to the front and back exit of a house where a baby and young children were sleeping upstairs.

Lamb, of Moston, pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

He was jailed for six years.

Man who spiralled into drink and drugs set fire to house where young children slept after family falling out

Aaron Parkin



Aaron Parkin, 33, has been jailed for his part in leading a huge cocaine ring run out of an auction house in Wigan

Drug kingpin Aaron Parkin was jailed for his part in leading a huge cocaine ring which was run out of an auction house.

Expensive watches and other luxury items, including cars, were raffled off as part of a front to launder the ‘significant’ profits of the drug trafficking operation.

Parkin, who is already serving a prison sentence for his role in gangland attacks in Salford, was jailed for a further nine years at Bolton Crown Court.

Drugs kingpin jailed for leading role in ‘sophisticated’ cocaine ring run out of auction house

Laura Bardsley




Laura Bardsley groomed a vulnerable boy for sex.

Bardsley, 26, sent the victim love letters and even took him to a hotel for a night, Greater Manchester Police said.

Bardsley pleaded guilty to two counts of non-penetrative sexual activity with a child; two counts of penetrative sexual activity with a child; harassment of a child; and using an illicit mobile phone in prison.

She was jailed for six years at Minshull Street Crown Court and received a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be required to sign the Sex Offender Register for life.

Mum-of-two groomed vulnerable boy for sex – she was caught out by her sickening love letters

Kamran Mohammed, Mohammed Izaarh Khan and Khayam Ali Khurshid



Khayam Ali Khurshid, Mohammed Izaarh Khan and Kamran Mohammed have been jailed for life for the murder of Cole Kershaw (below) in Bury

Three men were jailed for life over the murder of a promising boxer who was gunned down in the street.

Cole Kershaw, 18, was shot dead in Chesham Road, Bury, following a car chase on August 12 of last year.

Kamran Mohammed, 20, Mohammed Izaarh Khan, 22, and Khayam Ali Khurshid, 29, were convicted of his murder following a trial earlier this year.

A jury also found all three men guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Mohammed, of Kingsdale Close, Bury, was sentenced to life in custody with a minimum term of 27 years.

Khayam Ali Khurshid, of Eton Hill Road, Bury, was also jailed for at least 27 years.

Mohammed Izaarh Khan, of Palace Street, Bury, was ordered to serve 24 years before he is eligible for parole.

Cole Kershaw’s killers handed life sentences for gunning down teen boxer in Bury street

Oliver Bel



Oliver Bel

Cambridge graduate Oliver Bel was branded ‘arrogant’ and ‘highly manipulative’ as he was jailed for a terrorism offence.

Bel, 24, was locked up for two years after he was found to have the ‘anarchist cookbook’, which contains instructions on how to make a bomb.

From Salford schoolboy to Neo-Nazi next door – Oliver Bel and the rising threat of far right extremism

Liam Watson



Liam Watson

Liam Watson, who murdered Miguel Reynolds after he was lured to Merseyside to buy a stolen Audi S1, will have to serve at least 30 years.

Miguel, an aspiring rapper known as Lil Gwop Boy, was shot to the neck at close range by Watson, after he chased down his robber in Netherton, Merseyside.

Gunman who shot dead a rapper in ‘carefully planned’ robbery plot must serve 30 years

Ali-Yahya Horoun



Ali-Yahya Horoun

Ali-Yahya Horoun was jailed after he was caught on CCTV attempting to rape a woman as she slept on the sofa.

He was found guilty of an offence of attempted rape.

Horoun, of Wycherley Road was jailed for six years and nine months and will be deported after serving half of his sentence.

“I was not a piece of meat that could be used by someone…” woman’s harrowing testimony as attempted rapist is jailed

Locked up in May: Criminals jailed in Greater Manchester this month

June

Aram Sheibani



Aram Sheibani

An international drugs boss who enjoyed an extraordinary lavish lifestyle funded by crime was jailed for 37 years.

Aram Sheibani, 40, was involved in a high-level cocaine conspiracy for almost a decade before he was brought to justice.

He amassed a £5m property empire, stayed in luxury accommodation, travelled around the world and drove top of the range cars such as a Bentley and a Porsche

International drugs boss who lived staggering life of luxury jailed for 37 years

Mohammed Malik and Mohammed Annis



From left: Mohammed Malik and Mohammed Anis

A ‘corrupt’ police officer sold ‘confidential information’ stored on Greater Manchester Police’s computer systems to his friend who provided cars for members of organised crime groups – even tipping him off that ‘police were at his doorstep’.

A once ‘highly commended police officer’, Mohammed Malik, from Rochdale, entered into a scheme where the officer would give information about ‘any cars or individuals’ in exchange for money.

He would send the details to his friend, Mohammed Anis, from Bury, who helped to provide cars to ‘serious and organised crime groups’ to conduct their ‘shady dealings in’.

Malik was sentenced to 28 months imprisonment, while Anis was sentenced to 46 months, including time for the possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Both charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, Malik owned up to crimes by pleading guilty in the early stages of the Crown Prosecution Service’s case.

‘Corrupt’ police officer sent secret information to ‘bro’ who provided cars for organised crime groups – even tipping him off that ‘police were at his doorstep’

Russell Greenwood



Russell Greenwood has been jailed for five years

A man was jailed after holding shop workers at knifepoint in three terrifying robberies.

Russell Greenwood, 31, targeted the Co-op store on Taylors Road in Stretford in January this year.

He terrorised staff members with a knife before stealing cash and alcoholic spirits, police said.

Greenwood, of Moss Park Road, Stretford, was jailed for five years after being found guilty of three counts of robbery.

Man jailed after holding shop workers at knifepoint in three terrifying robberies

Assad Hussain and Wasim Iqbal



Wasim Iqbal, left, and Assad Hussain

Two ‘hedonistic’ Audi drivers were racing at more than 80mph seconds before one of them ploughed into the former mayoress of Bolton.

Assad Hussain and Wasim Iqbal, both 23, were driving ‘aggressively and competitively’ along a 30mph stretch of Chorley New Road, in Bolton, just seconds before Gay Wharton was struck.

Hussain was jailed for seven years and four months and Iqbal for four years and eight months.

Audi drivers were racing at over 80mph in seconds before they killed former Bolton mayoress

Jordan Bayley



Jordan Bayley

A 22-year-old man was jailed for 26 months after subjecting his ex-girlfriend – the mother of his child – to a tirade of terrifying abuse, including threatening her with a ‘gun’.

Jordan Bayley, of Richmond Street in Ashton-under-Lyne, began a ‘campaign’ of emotional and psychological abuse on his former partner after their split last year.

On August 29, 2020, Bayley video called the victim via FaceTime, alleging that ‘she never let him see their son’, before holding up ‘what appeared to be a gun’, telling her: “I’m going to blow your head off.”

Ex-boyfriend threatened former partner with ‘gun’ and told her he’d blow her and her family’s heads off

Arman Yusuf Rahmani




A man who was caught trying to smuggle people into the UK inside sofas was jailed.

Arman Yusuf Rahmani, 21, was once granted asylum in the UK after entering the country in the back of a lorry.

But within two years, the Iranian national had established a criminal network to facilitate foreign nationals illegally entering the country, the Home Office said.

Rahmani, of Ringmere Court, Oldham, was jailed for two years and seven months after admitting breaking UK immigration law.

Oldham man who tried to smuggle people into the UK inside sofas jailed

Umi Noor and Michael Hassan



Umi Noor and boyfriend Michael Hassan were jailed at Manchester Crown Court

A couple who ran a drug racket across south Manchester and Bolton were jailed.

Mum-of-three Umi Noor let boyfriend Michael Hassan use the home she shared with her kids as a base for his drug dealing.

A stash of more than £115,000 worth of crack cocaine and heroin was found her house in Moss Side, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Hassan, 29, was jailed for six years and eight months while Noor, 37, was sentenced to four years and one month.

Boyfriend and girlfriend who ran drug racket found with more than £100,000 of crack cocaine and heroin in tins

Michael Burke, Jack Yarwood, Stuart Watson and Daniel Adamson




Four robbers who were part of a violent gang which terrorised a family in their own home and shop workers over a six-month spree were handed life sentences.

The Sale-based organised crime group struck 29 times, including at Co-op and McColls convenience stores across Greater Manchester in shocking raids.

Michael Burke, 40; Jack Yarwood, 35; Stuart Watson, 40; and Daniel Adamson, 35, were handed life sentences.

Burke must serve a minimum of 15 years and three months; Yarwood a minimum of 10 years and 42 days; Watson a minimum of eight years and ten months; and Adamson a minimum of 11 years and 145 days.

Another robber, Michael Kedie, 30, was jailed for 12 years and three months.

“It’s a wonder they got away with it for so long”: Four robbers jailed for life after greedy gang which struck 29 times believed they could commit crime with ‘impunity’

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