Manchester

Droylsden's licensed premises closed for David Short funeral

David Short
Mr Short's funeral took place in Clayton, before he was interred in a private burial in Droylsden

Greater Manchester Police have closed "all licensed premises" in a town on the day the funeral of a gun and grenade attack victim takes place.

David Short, 46, was killed in August and has been buried in Droylsden.

His death has been linked to a feud, which has led police to take the "unprecedented" step of closing local pubs and restaurants after his funeral.

Ch Supt Nick Adderley said the "potential for crime between feuding groups is such that this is necessary".

Mr Short was killed in the attack in Clayton on 10 August. Dale Cregan, 29, and Anthony Wilkinson, 33, have been charged with his murder.

His funeral took place in Clayton at around 09:15 BST, before he was interred in a private burial in Droylsden.

'Feeling vulnerable'

The order to close all pubs, clubs and restaurants serving alcohol in Droylsden for 24 hours from 09:00 BST was granted by Tameside Magistrates.

It covers 27 premises, including Droylsden's football and cricket clubs, and the town's catholic and Conservative clubs.

The order also covers a restaurant and a pub in neighbouring Audenshaw.

Mr Adderley said it was "unprecedented to shut all the licensed premises in a town, but we still believe that the potential for crime and disorder between feuding groups is such that this is a necessary precaution".

"Residents in Droylsden are still feeling vulnerable following recent events and this is also an important step towards reassuring them.

"This is part of our ongoing work to make sure organised crime and fear of crime is eradicated from these communities."

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