Category: Crime

Wythenshawe drugs gang member jailed

Nathan LeeWythenshawe man, Nathan Lee, has been jailed for his role in a gang plotting to supply cocaine in Manchester.

Nathan Lee, aged 31, of Lawton Moor Road, Wythenshawe pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison at Manchester Crown Court.

He is one of five men jailed following an investigation into the supply of drugs.

Officers from GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime group launched Operation Reagan – an investigation into the supply of drugs and firearms in Manchester.

The operation identified five key players in the organised crime group who were responsible for supplying class A drugs, and a ‘safe house’ used by the group in Whitefield was put under police surveillance.

In June 2018, Mohammed Sarwar was observed leaving the ‘safe house’ and placing packaging into a wheelie bin in Prestwich. This was recovered by police and found to be empty packaging consistent with bulk amount cocaine wrapping. Later that month, Jordan Clements was also seen depositing empty packaging in a public waste bin, and when recovered the packaging contained traces of cocaine.

In July 2018, officers raided the group’s ‘safe house’ in Whitefield. In a cupboard under the stairs, officers discovered 2.5 kilos of cocaine, half a kilo of crack cocaine, 860g heroin and 861g of MDMA. Drug paraphernalia relating to drug supply was also found in the house.

Hidden inside a bag in the downstairs cupboard was an Uzi sub machine gun and ammunition. A forensic examination later identified DNA from Clements on the gun.

Police also raided Anthony Frost and Nathan Lee’s flat, and  found ¼ kilo of cocaine, £34,000 in cash and a cash counting machine. In Marcel Madden’s home address half a kilo of MDMA was recovered.

Jordan Clements, aged 27 of Byron Terrace, Failsworth pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and MDMA, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of criminal property and sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison.

Mohammed Sarwar, 27, of Perth Avenue, Chadderton pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and MDMA and sentenced to six years and nine months in prison.

Anthony Frost,27, of Silsden Walk, Salford pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, money laundering and failure to supply a phone pin to police and sentenced to eight years and four months in prison.

Marcel Madden, 25, of Weybridge Road, Manchester pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply MDMA and sentenced to four years and three months.

Detective inspector Lee Griffin of GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Group, said: “During the course of the investigation the group were observed and the key players responsible for conspiring to bring multiple kilos of cocaine, heroin and MDMA to the streets of Manchester were soon identified.

“Drugs are destructive and blight our communities, and as a result of this operation these men are now behind bars where they should be.

Items removed from house in Benchill by police investigating historic rape

2643922800_962838c834_z-e1539845490898793143050513031791.jpgPolice have carried out an investigation into a report of a historic rape at a house in Benchill Road.

Police began inquiries at the house last Monday and have stressed the inquiries do not relate to anyone currently living at the property.

A cordon was established while officers conducted their inquiries, which included the excavation of the property’s garden. The cordon has now been lifted and investigations concluded.

The current occupants were supported while police carried out their inquiries and will be supported throughout their return to the property.

Superintendent David Pester of GMP’s City of Manchester Division said: “We’d like to thank residents, particularly those living at the address, for their patience while we conducted our inquiries.

“I’m pleased to say those investigations have now concluded. A number of items have been recovered from the search. These will be taken away and assessed by forensic teams.

“I am aware of speculation surrounding this investigation. I want to make it absolutely clear that no human remains have been recovered during the forensic examination of the property.

“People in the area may notice a continuing police presence over the next couple of days while officers assist partner agencies with the current occupants’ move back into the property.

“We’re grateful for the support of all our partners within the community during this investigation.”

91-year-old woman threatened in Newall Green burglary

2643922800_962838c834_z-e1539845490898793143050513031791.jpgPolice are appealing for witnesses to a burglary in Newall Green in which a 91-year-old woman was threatened. 

The burglar broke into a house on Shawbury Road at around 7.45pm on Sunday 24 March 2019 and threatened the homeowner.

The man fled on foot with two other men who had waited outside the property.

The woman’s handbag was stolen which contained personal items and a quantity of cash.

The offender is described as white, approximately 5ft 10ins tall and of very slim build. He was wearing a black hooded top.

The woman wasn’t injured but she has been left very shaken by the incident.

Police have launched an investigation and are appealing to any witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 0185 or 101 quoting incident number 2066 of 24/03/2019.

Alternatively, information can be passed on to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Devastated family pay tribute to Tyrelle Burke

Tyrelle BurkeThe family of Tyrelle Burke, who died on Friday, have  have paid tribute to him.

In a statement, the family said: “Tyrelle was a funny, caring son who always had time for his family.

“We are lost for words at this time and devastated at his death. We need time to grieve and come to terms with what has happened.”

Tyrelle, aged 20, died in hospital following an incident at Crossacres Road on Friday morning.

_20190407_131345Flowers have been left at the scene in tribute to the  young man called “the sweetest lad” by friends and neighbours.

A 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons is due to appear before Manchester Magistrates Court on Monday charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Teenager charged with murder of Tyrelle Burke

_20190407_131345A 17-year-old boy will appear in court tomorrow, charged with murder following the death of Tyrelle Burke.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons has also been charged with  possession of an offensive weapon.

At 8.45am on Friday 5 April 2019 police were called to an address on Crossacres Road, Wythenshawe.

The 20-year-old victim, was taken to hospital in a critical condition, where he later died.

The property was cordoned off on Friday while police carried out their investigation.

Flowers were left at the scene in tribute to Tyrelle who was described by friends as “the sweetest lad”.