Arrest made after recent spate of shootings

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has made an arrest in connection with one of the recent firearms discharges across Manchester.

According to GMP, two firearms discharges which occurred in Chorlton-cum-Hardy and Crumpsall are being linked to recent incidents on Lytham Road in Longsight.

The first took place at around 8.05pm on Tuesday 5 January 2016, when police were called to an address on Caldervale Avenue, Chorlton-cum-Hardy following reports of gun shots being heard.

Armed officers attended and discovered damage consistent with a shotgun discharge to the front window of the property.

It’s reported that the second incident took place at around 11pm on Tuesday 5 January 2016, when officers were called to Moss Bank, Crumpsall, to reports that shots had been fired.

The attending patrol found damage consistent with a shotgun discharge to the front door of the property.

“In total, there have been eight firearms discharges across the city of Manchester in the past 15 days. We believe six of these recent shootings to be targeted attacks between two sets of rival criminal groups. One dispute is in the Rusholme/Moss Side area, and one has impacted upon communities across the city in the Levenshulme, Chorlton-cum-Hardy and Crumpsall areas”, Superintendent David Pester from GMP’s South Manchester Division said.

Despite the investigations into the two firearm discharges on Tuesday 5 January being in their early stages, GMP believes they are linked to two firearm discharges which took place on Lytham Road – one on Boxing Day and the other on New Year’s Day.

“We have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder in relation to a shooting on Wednesday 30 December 2015, in which a 22-year-old man was shot in the chest on Salisbury Road”, Spt Pester said.

“Teams of detectives, the Force Major Incident Team and specialist resources have been tasked with investigating this spate of firearms discharges. There will be a visible police presence in the areas affected by the recent shootings and armed response vehicles will also be on the streets as an extra precaution”.

GMP continues to appeal for any information that could help the investigation.

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