"I saw four police officers armed with guns. I was told it was a high speed police chase."
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The badly-damaged Golf had been abandoned in Market Street by the time officers arrived and the white Citroen Saxo nowhere in sight.
Witnesses say two vehicles had been involved in a chase, with the pursued car, a red VW Golf, later colliding into three other vehicles.
A large section of Market Street in Droylsden was sealed off after a collision
We're currently at the scene and will bring you updates as and when we get them.
By Letters Patent dated 16 October, 1950 the Garter Principal King of Arms, the Clareceux King of Arms and the Norroy and Ulster King of Armsin in pursuance of the Warrant of His Grace The Most Noble Bernard Marmaduke Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal and Hereditary Marshal of England, did grant and assign unto the Droylsden Urban District Council the Arms following, that is to say:
Droylsden was anciently a chapelry in the parish of Manchester, within the historic county boundaries of Lancashire. It became an urban district of the administrative county of Lancashire under the Local Government Act 1894, and was granted its arms on 16 October 1950. In 1974, as a result of the Local Government Act 1972, Droylsden became a part of the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester.
The male suffered a blow to the back of the head and had his wallet and mobile telephone stolen in the attack
GMP were able to identify the victim from the Golf’s number plate and attended separate address in Droylsden shortly after the shooting on Saturday night.
Three other cars were badly damaged after they appear to have been involved in a collision with the Golf, wich was watched by horrified shoppers.
Other witnesses in nearby businesses said at least one person fled the scene of the crash.
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Rev Arthur Herbert Procter, Victoria Cross recipient, was Rector of St Mary's parish church from 1946 to 1951. A Blue Plaque is at the church.
“We understand that residents will be understandably concerned by these events, but I would like to reassure members of the public that we have increased patrols in the area and are doing everything we can to find those responsible.
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Droylsden was once a large township, including Big Droylsden, Little Droylsden, and Clayton. In 1889 Little Droylsden was subsumed into Openshaw, and in 1890 Clayton was ceded from Droylsden's control to become part of Manchester.
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Two cars, a red VW Golf and a black BMW, were badly damaged in the smash.
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Greater Manchester Police are appealing for the victim or anyone with information about the incident to contact them.
The collision took place on Manchester Road, close to the Audenshaw Metrolink station, at 9.50am on Friday
“If you witnessed the chase or the firearm discharge, or if you believe you may have information which would assist our investigation please do not hesitate to contact us.”
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The first machine woven towel in the world – the terry towel – was produced by W. M. Christy and Sons of Fairfield Mills, in Droylsden, in 1851. William Miller Christy's son, Henry Christy, had brought back a looped towel from Turkey in the 1840s, which Christy's managed to copy on an adapted loom. Their Royal Turkish towels became famous, with Queen Victoria having a regular order. The mill closed at the end of the 1980s, and in 1997 Tesco opened a supermarket on the site.
One man, whose daughter was inside the private hire van at the time of the incident, said: "One of the cars came round the corner from Manchester Road and smashed into the taxi driver's window.
A large section of Market Street was sealed off following the incident at about 5.30pm.
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Police believe shots were then fired from a fifth vehicle, a white Citroec Saxo, believed to have been involved in the chase.
A large section of Market Street in Droylsden was sealed off after a multi-car collision in which shots were fired - in front of stunned bystanders at around 5.30pm on Saturday.
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Police have confirmed that gunshots were fired during a dramatic car chase and crash in Droylsden town centre last night.