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August 29, 2012, 3:22 pm

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Anyone with information leading to the arrest of two wanted men could find themselves £50,000 better off by making just one anonymous phone call.

The reward is the largest offered by Greater Manchester Police and will be made payable to anyone who provides anonymous information leading to the arrest of Dale Cregan and Anthony Wilkinson.

Police continue to hunt for Cregan, 29, from Droylsden, and Wilkinson, 33, from Beswick, who are wanted in connection with the two grenade attacks on Friday 10 August 2012, during which David Short was killed.

The biggest priority for Greater Manchester Police remains to find these two men and a significant policing operation will continue until these men are caught.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said: “It is now 19 days since David Short was killed in a brutal shooting and grenade attack and since then, we have been running an intensive policing operation to catch those responsible.

“I know that people in the Clayton, Droylsden and surrounding areas are becoming frustrated with the intense and continuing policing activity. The fact of the matter is though, two men we believe to be responsible for these callous attacks remain outstanding and so we will continue to work at this level for the foreseeable future until they are found.

“We are asking the public for information to help us trace and arrest Cregan and Wilkinson, but I understand that people may be fearful of reprisals and worried about their safety when providing information to the police.

“I want to make it clear that we are not asking people to come into a police station or give evidence to collect this £50,000. We only want information about where Cregan and Wilkinson are hiding so we can arrest them, and you can do this anonymously over the phone by calling Crimestoppers.

“Someone knows where they are and we are urging these people to do the right thing and call us.

“We are now entering the third week of this operation and we understand that people will be impatient for results.

“This is why we continue to investigate this round-the-clock and continue to have firearms officers patrolling the streets. I hope that people can feel reassured by their presence.”

At 10.30am, the body of David, 46, was found at a house on Folkestone Road East in Clayton after police were called there following reports of gunshots. There had also been an explosion at the address, which was caused by a grenade.

Less than ten minutes later, shots were fired and there was another grenade explosion outside a house on Luke Road in Droylsden. No-one was injured during this incident.

Several hundred officers and staff are involved in the large-scale policing operation, including units such as firearms, tactical aid, Major Incident Team, dogs section, Serious and Organised Crime, as well as divisional officers and dedicated CCTV officers trawling through hundreds of hours of CCTV footage.

Specialist armed patrols are being carried out day and night in the Clayton and Droylsden areas and a number of police forces from around the country are providing officers and support, to ensure the operation can continue to run round-the-clock without impacting on normal police business.

Four men, aged 19, 25, 28 and 37, who were arrested on suspicion of murder have been bailed until October 2012 pending further inquiries.

One further man arrested on suspicion of murder on Thursday 23 August 2012 has been charged. Jermaine Anton Ward, born 4/7/88, was charged with murder and appeared before Manchester City Magistrates Court on Monday 27 August 2012.

Anyone with information they wish to pass to police in relation to this investigation is asked to call police at the Major Incident Team on 0161 856 3301 or 101, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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