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People run for cover as gunman shoots at them at Dainewell Park in Sale

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Police were called to Hornbeam Close, Sale at around 6:15pm yesterday (Thursday 1 July 2021) to reports of a firearms discharge.

Enquiries have established a blue Nissan Qashqai entered the cul-de-sac leading to Dainewell Park and fired several shots at a group of people gathered in the park.

For many years at nearby Walton Park residents have complained about the rise is drug dealing and use which is causing some concerns and a rise in crimininality.

The group of people  and the car both fled the scene. No injuries have been reported.

A scene remains in place as enquiries continue. No arrests have been made.

Detective Inspector Helen Bagnall of GMP’s Trafford Division said: “The time of day and public space this incident took place in is of huge concern and we would like to reassure people that they will see more police in the locality as our enquiries continue.

“We are aware of ongoing disruption in this locality and have recently raised patrols while we work with partner agencies to address these ongoing challenges. The community’s safety is our utmost priority and we are continuing to engage with residents to focus policing in this area.

“We have launched a full investigation into this incident and our detectives are working hard to track down those responsible. If anyone has information, no matter how minor, this could be the breakthrough we need, so do please get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 7544 quoting incident 2483 of 01/07/21.

Reports can also be made via our online live web chat function at www.gmp.police.uk.

Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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