Clues surrounding two grenade attacks in Manchester, leaving the father of a murdered man dead, are being released by the police as they urge members of the public to come forward.
David Short, the father of Mark Short who was gunned down in the Cotton Tree Pub in Droyslden, was found dead at his home on Folkestone Road East, Clayton, following an automatic machine gun attack and grenade explosion.
Less than ten minutes later more shots and another grenade was launched at a house on Luke Road, Droylsden, but no one was injured.
Officers are now appealing for information concerning a white Vauxhall Combo van found abandoned on August 10 – which was severely damaged in a third explosion.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said: “We have made significant developments in this investigation to identify those who were involved in these attacks and the murder of David Short.
“Today we are appealing to the public to help us trace the movements of a white Vauxhall van, which we believe was involved in both incidents on Friday before it was abandoned. We believe the offenders also tried to cover their tracks by setting off a grenade inside the vehicle before they left it.
“We do not believe that the two attacks last Friday were random, but understandably, people in the area are still hugely concerned by what they may have seen and heard.
“Armed officers are continuing to patrol in the Clayton and Droylsden areas, and while I appreciate that people may think the appearance of these officers looks quite daunting, I hope that they can also feel reassured by their presence.”
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The van registration is ML58 VXP, and the vehicle had been hired legitimately from Salford Van Hire on Thursday August 9 at around 4.40pm.
Detectives investigating this case have a number of sightings of the van after it was hired, and are appealing to the public to let them know if they saw the vehicle between 4.40pm on Thursday up to the time it was found on Friday morning.
Three men, aged 25 and 37, arrested in connection with the murder of Mr Short have been bailed while and a 28-year-old remains in police custody.
Dale Cregan is also wanted in connection with the murder of Mr Short’s son Mark.
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