What? No Money For All-Round Manchester Anti-Gun Command?

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A senior politician has called for an elite anti-gun crime unit to be deployed in Salford after shootings in the city escalate.

Since May last year there have been 12 firearms incidents in the borough – plus a shooting in Wigan last week of a Salford man.

In the latest shooting at 7.50pm on Friday a shotgun was blasted at a house in Sutherland Street, Winton, Eccles.

Glass in a door and a window were shattered.

The couple who live there were not at home and police believe it was a case of mistaken identity as the occupiers are not known to police and have no links whatsover to organised crime.

The incident is not being linked to four ‘tit-for-tat’ attacks in Salford and Wigan involving guns, grenades, and machetes between February 17th and March 30th.

However, councillors and police fear innocent bystanders may soon be hurt or killed and fear the spate of firearms incidents are causing to the city’s image.

Coun Karen Garrido, leader of the Tory opposition on Salford council, whose Worsley ward borders Winton, said: “It is appalling and begs the question what is Greater Manchester’s Crime Commissioner doing about it.
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“GMP’s Xcalibre unit has done great work in Manchester. I think it is time for expertise of their standing to be used in Salford where the police division needs extra resources to stop this.

“I don’t doubt the police are working hard but there is a real danger to innocent members of the public. This can’t go on.”

Xcalibre was set up in 2004 to target gangs in Moss Side and South Manchester after a spate of gun-related incidents and is now regarded internationally as a model of effective anti-gang policing. Its officers have assisted the Salford division in the past.

A senior Labour councillor said GMP officers were doing all they could – but agreed that the number of firearm incident risked denting the city’s reputation.

He said: “There is concern that this is undermining the image of the city as there is so many positives and everyday crime is falling.

“A few so called gangsters are waging war against each other and causing mayhem in the process. GMP are doing all they can to stop this”

Alas then for the government’s austerity measures which have hacked away at police funding.

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