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Breaking News ! Three people have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting 14 months ago which escalated a gun war between two gangs in Cheetham Hill. Two men were blasted in the legs when at least five shots were fired from a Mercedes in a reckless mid-afternoon attack on November 15, 2019. The shooting was at 2.30pm near a busy parade of shops and an indoor market on Cheetham Hill Road, by Copthall Lane. The grey A Class Mercedes was later found abandoned on Claude Street in Crumpsall. The incident had been preceded by a series of four shootings and a fight between men armed with machetes, all linked to a feud between two crime gangs. The root cause of the dispute is believed to be a drugs turf war. Forensic officers at the scene after the drive-by shooting in Cheetham Hill on November 15th 2019. Two young men were hit in the legs. (Image: MEN MEDIA) Three days later - and just yards away from the November 15 attack - two shots were fired into the floor inside the Premier convenience store on Cheetham Hill Road. Throughout 2020 there were further shootings linked to the dispute. GMP launched Operation Haemus as result of the drive-by shooting to diffuse the feud and identify the gunmen. Read More Related Articles Sign up for the MEN's free daily newsletter Read More Related Articles Pub caught hosting lockdown lock-ins with punters drinking, smoking and even singing karaoke...this is the moment police raided it Today two men and a woman have been arrested after warrants were executed this morning. A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a firearm to commit an indictable offence, and conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.
The aftermath of one of the shootings in Cheetham Hill linked to a violent feud between two gangs.
(Image: Manchester Evening News)
A 29-year-old woman was arrested on perverting the course of justice. They are currently being held in police custody, following raids at two addresses in Cheetham Hill and an address in Halifax, West Yorkshire, earlier this morning (Thursday 14 January 2021). A quantity of drugs and thousands of pounds worth of cash were also recovered from one of the Cheetham Hill target addresses.
Claude Street, Crumpsall, where a Mercedes used in a drive-by shooting in Cheetham Hill on November 15th 2019 was abandoned
In a statement GMP said: "The arrests are in connection with a firearms discharge in November 2019 outside a café on Copthall Lane where two men – aged 20 and 18 – suffered serious gunshot wounds to the leg after bullets were fired from a passing vehicle on the afternoon of Friday 15. "That incident was the catalyst for the inception of Operation Haemus – a dedicated GMP operation into disputes between criminal groups in the Cheetham Hill area of North Manchester – and is currently as one of 12 ongoing investigations within the operation."
A suspect is arrested today in connection with a reckless drive-by shooting in November 2019 in which two young men were blasted in the legs.
Detective Inspector Paul Crompton, of GMP’s Operation Haemus, said: “Today’s action has seen us make some really important arrests in relation to one of the most dangerous and reckless incidents we have seen in Cheetham Hill, which resulted in the response of Op Haemus being formed to tackle this kind of violence in the area. “This was a drive-by shooting in broad daylight and understandably caused a great amount of concern and worry in the community – ever since this incident we have been working relentlessly to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice. “Our enquiries remain ongoing and we continue to encourage anyone with any information, suspicions, or concerns to contact police or Crimestoppers so that we can take action where appropriate to take criminals off the streets of Cheetham Hill.”
A team of 17 officers was formed in November 2020, in conjunction with supporting local agencies and partners from Manchester City Council, to investigate the gun war. Housing companies, social services, adult services and a number of other agencies are working with police to tackle organised crime in North Manchester. The team also consists of experienced detectives, dedicated safeguarding officers, intelligence officers, and a team of proactive officers who are dedicated to the area in both plain and uniformed patrols. Since the introduction of the hub, Op Haemus officers have made a total of 34 arrests, conducted 152 stop searches and have searched over 30 addresses. Two viable firearms, large quantities of class A and class B drugs, and 15 vehicles have also been seized. Any information relating to Operation Haemus should be passed to police on 0161 856 3548 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.