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Protection Racket Trouble In Karaoke Bar

Han Dynasty on Whitworth St targeted as management say no

Published on June 1st 2013.

Protection Racket Trouble In Karaoke Bar

A GANG violently smashed up a karaoke booth at a Chinese restaurant after a failed blackmail plot. 

In this instance, when the offenders were rebuffed they responded with petulant violence and trashed the karaoke room

The offenders destroyed the booth at the Han Dynasty restaurant on Whitworth Street on 19 May 2013 after their demands for protection money were rebuffed by staff. 

Up to six Chinese men went into the restaurant and used the karaoke room for several hours. 

However, at about 1.30am on 20 May 2013 they demanded protection money from the manager. When this was refused, they turned violent and caused up to £1,000 worth of damage in the booth, smashing the TV screens before leaving. 

Police have now released CCTV stills of the offenders and are appealing to anyone with information to come forward. 

It is believed the offenders are from the Fujian Provence of China. 

Detective Constable Adam Cronshaw said: "Protection rackets are a form of blackmail and put victims at the mercy of criminal gangs who bully them into handing over money under the false pretence of 'protecting' them. 

"Nothing could be further from the truth - no such protection is offered, only the threat of violence if victims do not comply. 

"In this instance, when the offenders were rebuffed they responded with petulant violence and trashed the karaoke room, leaving the owners of the restaurant seriously out of pocket and not to mention fearful they themselves may be targeted. 

"These sorts of protection rackets will not be tolerated by Greater Manchester Police and if we identify anyone involved in this sort of cowardly criminality we will take robust action. 

"I would therefore ask people to look carefully at the CCTV stills we have issued and if you think you recognise the offenders please come forward. We need the names and addresses of these people so we can send out a powerful message that we will bring to justice anyone involved in these protection rackets."

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJune 5th 2013.

They look like they weigh about 12 stone between them.

AnonymousJune 5th 2013.

ah but the kung fu

AnonymousJune 5th 2013.

But a worse crime is apparent in those pictures... Smoking in an restaurant!! Unbelievable scenes.

Nick WestJune 5th 2013.

By "used the Karaoke room" I'm picturing these lads happily singing away to "Living On Prayer" and "Poker Face" whilst knocking back a few Tsingtaos. Who does that then turns gangster? Very strange, but I read about something similar happening in Liverpool's China Town last year, albeit involving Samurai swords.

Jared SzpakowskiJune 6th 2013.

Is there a reward for their arrest? (Between me and you, I'm fairly certain thats One Direction)

Hyram BirdbathJune 7th 2013.

"We won't stop singing Robbie Williams till you give us all your money!"

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