Four men have been arrested in Greater Manchester as part of an ongoing operation to tackle gun violence in the region.
Two men, aged 30 and 22, were arrested yesterday (20 October) on suspicion of conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life. The men remain in custody for questioning.
A 23-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life. He remains in custody for questioning.
A fourth man, aged 23, was arrested on Tuesday (19 October) on suspicion of conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life. He has been bailed.
The action, which forms part of GMP’s Operation Northolt, was launched following four separate reports of shots fired at addresses in Manchester.
Between 27 September 2020 and 1 October 2020, officers were called to addresses in Burnage, Fallowfield, and Chorlton.
Detective Inspector John Robb said: “Our priority is to keep the community we live and work in safe from harm.
“While we believe the incidents this operation relates to are isolated and that there’s no wider threat to the public, we understand how concerning this kind of gun violence can be.
“Firearms have the potential to cause serious harm and the operation we have worked on over the past year has been focussed on getting these guns off our streets. Operation Northolt has been successful in doing this and I am proud of the work and dedication put in by our officers.
“Even though we have made arrests, we continue to appeal for information from the public and I stress the importance of the public contacting police with any details they may have and understand that it will be treated with the strictest confidence.
“Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or reports can be made anonymously via the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.”