EXTRA UPDATE FRIDAY 21 APRIL 1999 7.15pm BST (also sent as an
e-mail to members of the Eyewitness in Manchester mailing list
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may have heard the shocking news of a shooting incident in Greater
give conflicting times and locations, however, it's clear that
the police chased a car down the M61 into Bolton. Shots were
fired during the chase. The gang headed back north to Horwich,
where they hijacked another car and took the 27 year old female
driver hostage. Pursued by the police, they drove towards Rochdale,
apparently along the M61, M60 and M62 motorways, then along
Edenfield Road, where people waiting at a bus stop were shot
at - one man was hit in the knee.
two police vans cut off the car, which crashed. Two men were
arrested. Police have sealed off part of the centre of Bolton,
and are searching a for a third man in a warehouse on Bark St.
Five people are in hospitals in Bolton, Bury and Rochdale. Some
of the injuries are serious, but not life-threatening. The woman
car driver is in a state of shock.
on, and in the drizzly centre of Manchester this afternoon,
things were as normal.
like any more information, please e-mail
me at any time. Also read the report by Steve Panter and Jill
Burdett on the Manchester Online news page: http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/news/
Manchester Crown Court today Darren Vickers was sentenced to
life imprisonment for the murder of Jamie Lavis.
lighter note: Happy St George's Day! and on Sunday there will
be a St George's Day parade through the centre of Manchester,
part of the Streets Ahead festival which starts this weekend.
Let's hope there's good weather!
SUNDAY 23 APRIL
Certain details reported on the day turned out to be inaccurate:
From Horwich, the gang, pusued by the police, drove along Chorley
New Road, to Bolton, where they hijacked a BMW. A woman (not the
driver) was snatched from the side of the street and taken hostage.
Then they drove along Rochdale Old Road, under the M66 at Heywood
and on towards Rochdale, finishing up on Edenfield Road, where
they fired shots out the car window, injuring several people.
Shortly after, two men were apprehended byt he police. A third
was arrested in Bolton later. The three men are now in police
custody, and no doubt will be charged in the next couple of days.