One man was carrying a gun, one had a machete and a third man carried a ratchet into the flat on Lloyds Gardens.
In the flat, Jack, in an attempt to protect himself and his family, says he struck one of the burglars with a baseball bat before retreating to block the pathway to his partner and child – meanwhile, Cilla, the family dog, was attacked so badly by the gang she eventually lost her eye.
However, despite her injuries, which consisted of deep wounds to her head and direct damage to her eye, Cilla retreated to the bathroom to sit in front of Jack’s baby in an attempt to protect him from the intruders.
Speaking to the MEN, Jack said: “Last night at 12.30am we were at home on the first floor and we were burgled.
“They came in with a machete, a ratchet and a firearm.
“I managed to strike one of them with a bat and then they basically chased me down the hallway.
“They cut my dog. She lost her left eye, but she managed to pull through somehow.
“He came towards the baby-gate where me and my fiance and baby had gone and put a gun to my head and said to give him jewellery and cash, I didn’t have anything there.
“They took a fake Rolex and £30 off the side and then left. It was in and out, around eight minutes – but the amount of significant wounds it left Cilla with [was awful].
“We’ve had to leave the area, we’ve got nowhere to live. We’re still in shock.
“It’s happened before and I was more scared then and was kind of prepared for this. It’s my fiance more, and my baby was traumatised.
“But Cilla, my dog, she’s never been aggressive, just a standard pet, always been a family pet.
“Even when she was cut she came back into the bedroom and sat with the baby to protect him.
“I don’t know how she survived.”
Anyone with information, including dashcam or CCTV footage from the area, should contact police on 0161 856 7587 or via LiveChat at www.gmp.police.uk quoting incident 80-250821.
Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police arrest four men and shut down ‘incredibly dangerous’ cannabis farm in Salford
Police have shut down a suspected cannabis farm in Salford today, arresting four men.
Officers swooped on the property on Arthur Street in Swinton after finding evidence that the house was being used to grow cannabis plants.
The farm has been described as ‘incredibly dangerous’ to other occupants in the area.
Three rooms in the house were full of plants growing, with a huge amount of wiring surrounding them that posed a fire hazard.
The four men detained by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Salford Neighbourhood Team were subsequently arrested on suspicion of involvement in the production and supply of cannabis and remain in police custody for questioning.
Sergeant Peter MacFarlane said: “Locating a cannabis farm is a great result for the team who are gathering intelligence and working hard to crackdown on drug-related crime across Salford.
“Farms of this nature are also incredibly dangerous to other occupants in the area. The building itself is still being made safe due to the amount of wiring around the plants. Criminals running these types of enterprises have no regard for public safety and in these conditions, an electrical fault from bad wiring could easily start a fire and endanger lives.
“The arrests and seizures then go someway towards disrupting the supply of illegal drugs and the criminality that comes with it, and will also make our communities safer.
“This operation was intelligence led and a huge part of our intelligence comes from members of the public sharing information with us. If you have suspicions about a crime taking place please report it so we can take positive action and bring those responsible to justice.”
You can make a report by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report via the LiveChat function on GMP’s website: www.gmp.police.uk
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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‘Groundbreaking’ new app to help get homeless people into work launches in Manchester
Homeless families across Manchester are set to benefit from a “groundbreaking” new service that gives them access to employment support.
With the ultimate aim of helping homeless people move out of temporary accommodation and into their own homes, Manchester City Council has announced a new pilot partnership with Beam – a social enterprise that fundraises on behalf of homeless people and connects them with a supportive online community.
Through Beam’s “innovative” app-based platform, homeless people can raise money for items that often end up being financial obstacles to them moving into a permanent home, whether than be funding equipment or training to help them secure stable and financially-viable employment, or towards a rental deposit, moving van, or other homeware essentials, and everything in between.
Donations come from people in the local community, and are shared out equally between participants, so that everyone reaches their fundraising target within an average of 17 days.
Having helped more than 1,300 homeless people “achieve their goals” since being founded in 2017, Beam isn’t just about funding, as it also has a team of caseworkers who provide one-to-one help with employment to those in need.
The caseworkers also lend a hand with searching for properties online, communicating with landlords, and booking house viewings, while Beam also works with a network of vetted landlords to help people find a home
The initiative also provides further support for at least six months after moving.
Over the next year, Manchester City Council says its pilot partnership with Beam will initially support 25 families who are living in temporary accommodation in the region, and move them into their own private rental homes.
Residents can be referred to the scheme by the Council’s housing teams, as well as other local services, and each person is assigned a caseworker from Beam, who then supports them on their journey into stable housing.
“No one chooses homelessness voluntarily,” admitted Councillor Joanna Midgley, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council.
“And when it happens, it can be devastating, which is why we are looking at a range of solutions to help people secure affordable and decent homes in Manchester.
“Our new partnership with Beam is an innovative approach to improve people’s life chances, supporting them, where possible, into sustainable jobs allowing them to move out of temporary accommodation and into their own homes.