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Ageing Gooch gang poster unveiled


Posters show jailed gang ageing

Posters have been issued showing how two members of Manchester's notorious Gooch Gang will look after up to 35 years in jail.

Last month 11 members of the gang were described as treating the city "like the Wild West" as a judge sentenced them for murder, drug and gun offences.

It is hoped the poster will act as a deterrent to anyone considering a crime-based lifestyle, police said.

Those who gave evidence at the trial were thanked at the poster's unveiling.

Chief Constable Peter Fahy said: "Their evidence has helped put dangerous men in jail.

We are delighted the people of Manchester can now see just how frail, old and pathetic these men will look like if they ever are released

Families of the Gooch Gang's victims

"I am keen to acknowledge the important part played by the six witnesses in this case, who provided vital evidence anonymously and resulted in bringing all 11 offenders to justice.

"I hope this will encourage others to come forward and help clear up other unsolved murders.

"I also hope that these images will make those people thinking of embarking on this type of lifestyle think again - life is a very long time."

The families of victims, Ucal Chin and Tyrone Gilbert, the two men murdered by the gang, were at the unveiling.

In a joint statement they said: "Nothing can ever bring back Ucal and Tyrone, and the people who took them from us may one day be released from prison and see their loved ones again.

"We will never see Ucal or Tyrone again.

"But we are delighted the people of Manchester can now see just how frail, old and pathetic these men will look like if they ever are released.

"They are not martyrs, they are not role models and when you see them as pensioners, we hope it makes people realise the consequences of getting involved with gangs and guns.

"It will ruin their lives."

Colin Joyce and fellow leader Lee Amos were jailed for 39 and 35 years respectively.

The rest of the gang were imprisoned for sentences ranging from five-and-a-half years to 32 years.

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