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Eight charged over Little Hulton driveby shootings

Eight men from Little Hulton, Salford and Bolton have been charged over gang-related shootings which blighted Little Hulton last year.

The town saw a horrifying series of tit-for-tat shooting attacks – some in broad daylight – in what police believed were targeted incidents.

A 34-year-old victim was blasted three times in the chest and torso by a would-be hitman on a motorbike as he stood outside his Coniston Avenue home at 11.20pm on Monday 5 October 2015.

The father-of-three survived the shooting.

Shortly after, a burned-out motorbike was discovered dumped in an alleyway in Weaste

Just days later, a 48-year-old man was shot in the back as he sat on the couch at his home on Moosbrook Drive in Little Hulton.

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He was escorted to hospital under armed guard but was not severely injured.

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Now Patrick McCann, 31, of Baron Fold Crescent in Little Hulton has been charged with conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Patrick McCann - GMP

Patrick McCann – GMP

He appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court on Wednesday along with Jamie Morris, 21, of Townsfield Road, Westhoughton; Sami Kenteh, 23, of St. Germain Street, Farnworth; Anthony Smith, also 23, of Cannon Street, Bolton and John Norman Kennedy, 43, of Dunedin Drive, Duchy, Salford.

Kennedy was also charged with possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

The five have been remanded in custody until a date is set at Manchester Crown Court.

Three other men already in prison have also been charged with the same firearms offence: Kane Morrison, 22, of Strangeways (HMP Manchester), Harry Allen, 28, of HMP Haverigg and Marc Jason Murray, 31, currently residing at HMP Belmarsh.

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