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MCR Police Reports: 23-29 June

Parklife murder suspect wrong man and fatal three car smash on A580

Published on June 23rd 2014.

MCR Police Reports: 23-29 June

Here at Confidential we get a constant stream of reports, releases and updates from Greater Manchester Police. This is a small selection of the reports received so far this week, not all of them.

Some do make for depressing reading but it's worth remembering that Greater Manchester has a population of 2.6m and that recent figures show crime rates have fallen across both the region and the country.

Tuesday 24 June: Parklife murder suspect is the wrong man

The man arrested by detectives investigating the tragic death of Robert Hart at Heaton Park's Parklife Weekender on Saturday 7 June is not Robert's killer, according to police.

The suspect has, however, been charged with other unrelated assaults at the festival, one in which a man was kicked in the head and the other offence relates to a man being punched in the face.

Leon Anthony Wong, 31, of Elstree Court, Widnes, Cheshire, has been charged with Section 18 Assault (causing grievous bodily harm with intent) affray and causing actual bodily harm (ABH) and is due to appear at Manchester City Magistrates' Court on Tuesday 24 June 2014.

(The S18 charge is in relation to an incident that has been widely circulated on social media and relates to an image depicting a man being kicked in the head. As this is now under judicial consideration we are not permitted to use the image.)

Robert HartRobert HartPolice continue the hunt for Robert Hart's killer.

Detective Inspector Richard Eales, said: “We received some information about Robert Hart’s death that led to this arrest, however the charges in no way relate to the attack on Robert and we now do not believe there to be any link between Robert and the man charged. 

“I want to reassure the public, who have been hugely supportive and helpful with this investigation that our search for Robert’s attacker continues and our resolve to see him brought to justice remains as strong as ever. 

“I also want to remind people that the organisers of Parklife are offering a £20k reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible, so please if you know who attacked Robert or have information that can help, get in touch.” 

Anyone with information can contact the incident room direct on 0161 85 69283 or email the incident room on mit.syndicate8@gmp.police.uk with any relevant footage.


Monday 23 June: Man dies and woman critical after three cars collision

At around 4.55pm on Sunday 22 June, an Audi RS3 and an Audi S3 were travelling eastbound along the A580 when they collided with a Vauxhall Corsa, near to Swinton Park.

The male driver of the Corsa sadly died at the scene. A female passenger is in a critical condition.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remain in police custody for questioning.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741.

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