Saturday, March 17, 2012
BIG ISSUE sellers in armed riot - Manchester
Crime Terror as feuding gyspy clans battled in Levenshulme street
A playground row sparked a street battle between rival clans of Roma gypsies.
About 20 men and youths fought with meat cleavers, cricket bats, golf clubs and sticks in the daytime fracas in Levenshulme.
Schoolchildren and shoppers looked on in horror as a man was stabbed in the neck before pulling the blade out and chasing after his attackers.
Carloads of reinforcements raced to the scene, with one vehicle driven into the thick of the crowd.
The violence erupted in Matthews Lane in July 2010, Manchester Crown Court heard.
The court was told that a minor incident sparked a long-simmering feud between the Tanase family and local rivals the Calin clan, gypsy families from Romania who have settled in south Manchester and sell the Big Issue.
On July 5, a 15-year-old member of the Tanase clan complained to his dad Venes Tanase that one of the Calin youngsters, Gulit Paun, then 17, had attempted to steal his phone at school. The boy pointed out Gulit Paun as they walked home together. Shortly afterwards the 15-year-old and his father Venes, who was armed with a cricket bat, ran into King Food Store in Cuthbert Avenue as a mob with ties to the Calin faction gathered outside.
The door was locked by the shopkeeper who bravely took the cricket bat from Venes and resisted the efforts from him and his son to arm themselves with a knife and a hammer. As Venes and his son emerged from the shop, relatives Ion Tanase and Marius Tanase, sped to the scene. A fight then erupted in the street involving Venes Tanase, Gulit Paun, Paun’s father Ion Calin, and various associates armed with a frightening array of weapons. Marin Popa, a member of the Tanase clan, was stabbed in the neck by a Calin associate who is on the run. Ion Tanase, son of Popa, then drove at his father’s attacker in his VW Bora. Gulit Paun, later to suffer a ‘severe beating’, attacked the vehicle’s window with a stick and Venes Tanase was seen kicking somebody on the ground.
Ion Calin then pulled the knife from his neck and set off after his enemies.
Another member of the Tanase clan, Ion-adinaur Tanase then joined the fray, getting out of VW Golf armed with a golf club. Justin Hayhoe, prosecuting, told Manchester Crown Court:
"Witnesses describe the fight as moving around in the side-streets, people were being chased, including incidents of being chased into private residences and being attacked."
Venes Tanase, 36, of Portland Road, Longsight, Guilt Paun, 19, of Heathcote Road, Gorton, Ion Calin, 44, of Heathcote Road, Gorton have admitted affray. Ion Tanase, 23, and Marius Tanase, 26, both of Carmine Avenue, Levenshulme have admitted careless driving and a public order offence, and Ion-adianur Tanase, 39, of Milwain Avenue, Burnage, has admitted possessing an offensive weapon.
All the defendants were said to be remorseful and to have come to a truce. They will be sentenced on Monday.
Read more at: http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/crime/s/1488663_terror-as-feuding-gyspy-clans-battled-in-levenshulme-street
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