Woman racially abused by gun-wielding gang in Gorton
Thursday 2nd August 2018 @ 13:04 by Tom Greggan
Gorton & Openshaw News Tameside

A woman in her 20s was racially abused in Gorton last night by a gang of men wielding a handgun.

At around 11.05pm, the woman went to her car on Heathcote Road when one man, part of a gang of four, shouted racial slurs at her, before firing the gun as they rode away.

Some of the men – two to a bike – were wearing helmets, black tracksuit bottoms, white tops and trainers.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt and no damage has been caused. However, a scene is currently in place while officers remain at the scene and house-to-house enquiries will be carried out throughout the day.

Over the past week, officers have twice been called to the Gorton area to reports that four men were on scooters brandishing hammers. Police believe last night’s incident is linked, due to the similarity of an incident on July 27th on the same road, although this is the first time it has been reported the men had a gun.

Detective Inspector Mark Davies of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: “Having both these incidents happen within one week is clearly concerning, not only for us but for local people, which is why we are releasing descriptions of those we want to speak to and carrying out our extensive enquiries at the scene.

“Hate crime, in whatever form, is not acceptable at all and although no-one was hurt, had that gun been fired at the woman or someone else on that road, this could have been a very different story.

“We’ve had reports that these people have been hanging around the area on their scooters before and after these incidents so someone in this area will know who they are or have information that will help us find them – it’s essential that you call us so they can be held to account for their actions.

“It may be that you’ve noticed people matching those descriptions or captured them on dashcam footage as you’re driving around – we need to find these individuals who think it’s okay to ride around with weapons but need you to call to help us put a stop to this.”

Anyone with information about either incident should contact police on 0161 856 1146 quoting reference number 2243 of 01/08/18 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

To report a hate crime, you can do so via the True Vision website at report-it.org.uk