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SHOT TEEN'S MUM WAS WARNED OF GANG FEARS; Police letter told of 'concerns'.


THE parents of murder victim Giuseppe Gregory were warned their son could have been at risk months before he was shot dead.

Police told mum Samantha Lewis the 16-year-old's gang connections put him in danger. He had survived a shooting aged 13.

A spokesman said: "On November 17 2008, Greater Manchester Police sent a letter to Giuseppe Gregory's mother. It highlighted officers' concerns about the people he had been associating with." The spokesman added that Giuseppe had been attending meetings and engaging with a key worker after being referred to the Manchester Multi-Agency Gang Strategy, a

Gang Strategy, a team tasked with tackling the problems of street gangs.

Police confirmed that he was arrested and later released without charge in November on suspicion of possessing heroin with intent to supply. It is believed the youngster had become caught up with the Longsight Crew, linked to Manchester's notorious Gooch gang.

Schoolboy Giuseppe was shot in the head outside the Robin Hood pub in Stretford, on Sunday.

His death is the first gang-related fatal shooting in Manchester for more than a year.

Chief Supt Janette McCormick, Trafford divisional commander, said: "We've had very successful prosecutions recently and that's cut down gun crime in Manchester and Trafford.

These are really tragic circumstances, considering all the work we've done in relation to gun crime."

Samantha, 36, paid tribute to her son saying: "Giuseppe was my loving and beautiful son taken away from me before he had the chance to fully experience life. He had a big personality and was loved by all. Friends looked up to him, family adored him. He will be sadly missed."

Dad James Gregory, 37, added: "Friends, family and community members are all grieving." A 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail until July 13.

Two men aged 18 and 20 were released without GIUSEPPE'S MOTHER SAMANTHA LEWIS My son was taken before he was able to fully experience life


SCENE The pub SON Giuseppe sits on a motorbike in a recent photograph
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 13, 2009
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