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<b>Friday 10 July:</b> A key fob gun, GMP race trial and civil servant sacked for criticising Blears

Published on July 10th 2009.

MANCHESTER CROWN COURT has sentenced a Dukinfield man to five years for having a key fob gun. Michael Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm, possessing drugs with intent to supply and possessing a noxious substance. Police arrested Smith after finding a key ring device, claw hammer, a CS spray can and heroin in his rucksack. The key fob was found to be a gun containing two bullets.

AN ASIAN POLICE OFFICER admitted he was “wrong” to access the files on his brother, who was a suspect in an honour killing. Sgt Umer Khan has taken Greater Manchester Police to an employment tribunal, claiming his race prevented him from becoming an inspector. The tribunal heard he was accused of failing to tell detectives about the location of his brother, Khyber Khan and threatening a family member. The hearing continues.

A CIVIL SERVANT has been sacked for criticising Salford MP Hazel Blears. Lisa Greenwood, 38, from Widnes in Cheshire, sent an email from her work computer to Ms Blears' website saying MPs had "swindled taxpayers". The email contained her work address at the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), which led to Ms Greenwood's dismissal from her administration post.

TWO MEN ARE RECOVERING in hospital after been shot in Greater Manchester. One victim was found by police officers on Yorkshire Street, Rochdale, in the early hours with gunshot wounds to his leg. A second man with gunshot wounds to his hand was later discovered in a Lancashire hospital.

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jaybeeJuly 10th 2009.

How very civil of Sgt Umer Khan of GMP to 'admit he was wrong' in accessing files on his brother, a murder suspect.How he has the nerve to take GMP to an employment tribunal is beyond me! In fact I think he should be in jail for witholding information on the whereabouts of his brother!Typical of those who don't measure up...cry 'racism'. Go to jail Khan, don't pass go, go straight to jail for 10 years. That'll teach you!

east lancsJuly 10th 2009.

Jaybee, much as I revile that pathetic gaggle of facists you revere. I do find myself agreeing with you IN THIS INSTANCE. It does highlight though, that there's still an undercurrent of racism in the force, which means this has more legs than would be the case in a forward-thinking organisation.

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