29 August 2014
Independent charity Crimestoppers is today offering a reward of up to £2,000 for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted in connection with attacking two police officers in Manchester with a baseball bat and a heavy-duty bike chain.
John Parkes, 41, from Blackley, is accused of the attack on the police officers, which occurred on Saturday June 21 at his home address on Scawton Walk.
The two officers were in pursuit of an off-road bike and received information that the vehicle was at Parkes’ address.
After being refused entry to the house, the two officers went to the back of the property, where the accused perpetrator swung a baseball bat at them, before picking up a bike chain and hitting one of the officers – causing head, shoulder and collarbone injuries.
He is alleged to have continued to swing the chain – knocking the injured officer’s radio off his chest – before chasing the pair away from the house down a back path.
Crimestoppers is offering this reward of up to £2,000 for information passed through the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 number that leads to the arrest of John Parkes.
Gary Murray, North West Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “This is a truly barbaric act of violence that has taken place and I am just pleased that the injuries sustained were not more serious.
“I would ask anyone who has any information on this attack to contact Crimestoppers anonymously and tell us where John Parkes is. Nobody will know you contacted us and you would be doing the right thing by your community.”
If you have any information on this crime then please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our anonymous online form.
Note* – This is a reward being offered by the charity Crimestoppers, not the police, and will only qualify for information passed through our 0800 555 111 number. Information passed to the police will not qualify.
For more information please contact Crimestoppers Senior Media Officer Kieran Theivam on 0208 835 3727 or email Kieran.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editors
- Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our anonymous online form.
- Around 20 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
- Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over a million actionable calls, resulting in over 127,000 arrests and charges. Over £129 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £312 million worth of drugs has been seized.
- In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 2,500 arrests to date.
- Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG PC, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.