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Showing 1 - 10 of 56 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "North West"

Killer jailed for murdering stranger on her own doorstep

A calculated killer has been jailed for life for murdering a stranger as she sat on her doorstep while her child slept upstairs.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Couple convicted of brutal murder and acid attack on Liam Smith

A couple have been convicted of murdering a man shot dead and doused in acid outside his home.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Chorley man jailed for attacking two police officers with a knife

A man from Chorley who pleaded guilty to attempting to cause two Lancashire Police officers grievous bodily harm has been jailed.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Man jailed for kidnapping a toddler in Bolton

A 24-year-old man has been sentenced for kidnapping and injuring an 18-month-old girl in Bolton in February this year.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Man who attempted to cross the channel in a dinghy guilty of murdering a teenage boy

A 45-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering a 15-year-old boy and attempting to murder the boy’s mother in Miles Platting in June last year.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Salford man convicted of stabbing man to death in town centre fight

A man has been found guilty of stabbing to death a man in a town centre fight and causing serious knife injuries to a 17-year-old boy.

Liam O’Pray, 22, from Swinton, Salford, denied murdering Rico Burton, 31, in Altrincham town centre last year. 

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Oldham woman guilty of murdering her five-year-old son

A 38-year-old woman has been found guilty of murdering her five-year-old son at their home in Oldham in 2021.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Three teenagers guilty of murdering Kyle Hackland

Three teenagers have been found guilty of murdering a 17-year-old boy in South Manchester in November last year. A fourth teenager has been found guilty of manslaughter.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Man who stabbed student to death jailed for 15 years

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced after being found guilty of the manslaughter of 19-year-old Luke O’Connor in October 2022. 

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Man involved in the killing of law student in failed drive-by shooting jailed for life

An eighth man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of law student Aya Hachem who was hit by a stray bullet during the attempted murder of Pachah Khan.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

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