Moment two young girls in princess dresses flee as gunman drug rival

Running for their lives: Moment two young girls in princess dresses flee as gunman shoots dead father-of-two in gangland attack – as fugitive shooter is named among UK’s 12 ‘most wanted’

  • The two terrified girls were seen running away after a shooting in Manchester
  • Pair were playing on street at Ashton-under-Lyme when gunmen opened fire
  • Father-of-two Luke Graham, 31, was shot dead in the the attack in June 2018
  • Five men have so far been jailed over the killing but Callum Halpin is on the run
  • Yesterday he was named in a ‘Most Wanted’ list by the National Crime Agency 

This is the moment two terrified little girls are forced to flee the scene of a fatal broad daylight shooting.

The harrowing footage shows the girls, one of whom is seen wearing a princess dress and carrying a teddy bear, sprinting to safety after hearing the gunshots. 

The pair were playing on Birch Street, in Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, when Luke Graham was shot at point blank range in the street by rival gang members.

The father-of-two was ambushed and executed by three men in balaclavas in June 2018 as part of an ongoing drugs turf war. 

The 31-year-old, known as ‘Tank’, died in the incident, while Anton Verigotta, who was with him at the time, suffered gunshot wounds.

Five men have so far been jailed over the killing. But footage of the shooting and the two terrified girls being forced to flee has resurfaced following a new appeal by the National Crime Agency.

The major crime-busting authority yesterday named Callum Halpin, 27, who is is still wanted in connection with Graham’s murder as one of their twelve ‘Most Wanted’.

The 12 men are wanted for various crimes including murder, large scale drugs trafficking and supplying firearms and ammunition and are believed to be hiding in Spain.

The horrifying footage shows the girls, one of whom is seen wearing a princess dress and carrying what looks like a teddy bear, sprinting to safety after hearing the gunshots

The pair were playing on Birch Street, in Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, when Luke Graham was shot at point blank range in the street

The harrowing footage was broadcast in March as part of the BBC2 documentary The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime – which has been likened to the fictional hit drama Line of Duty, where the main characters take on an organised crime group.

It shows Verigotta approaching an address in Birch Street, before the door suddenly swings open to reveal a balaclava-clad gunman.

The gunman blasts his weapon at Graham, sitting inside a silver Volkswagen van, giving Verigotta the second he needs to flee.

Callum Halpin, 27,  is wanted by Greater Manchester Police for the 2018 murder of rival Luke Graham, 31, in a turf war

The gunman then gives chase across the street, but Verigotta, while under fire, manages to sprint around a corner and eventually to safety.

The gunman gives up and returns to Graham, who is still inside the van and already wounded from the first shot.

The gunman approaches the driver’s side door and shoots twice more. The passenger’s side door timidly opens and Graham can then be seen falling out – fatally wounded.

Three men dressed all in black can then be seen getting into an Audi A4 before speeding off.

DCI Liz Hopkinson, who is commenting on the video as it plays, then points to the two girls seen running from the area.

She says: ‘See those two little girls. She’s got a little princess dress on.’ 

DCI Hopkinson says the gunman fired at least five shots, grazing Verigotta’s leg and killing Graham almost instantly. 

Police believe up to 10 members of an organised crime group worked together to mask the movements of the shooters.

They believe that Halpin was one of those involved.

Wade Cox, 29, of Droylsden, one of the five men jailed over the shooting, was found guilty of murder in July 2019. He was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 36 years.

Jordan Atkinson, 26, of Stalybridge, was found guilty of encouraging or assisting an indictable offence and was jailed for eight years.

The footage shows Verigotta approaching an address in Birch Street, before the door suddenly swings open to reveal a balaclava-clad gunman

CCTV footage shown on the BBC2 documentary, which was filmed with Greater Manchester Police over two years, showed the terrifying moment Luke Graham was shot by a violent gang 

The investigation, led by DCI Liz Hopkinson (pictured examining the CCTV footage) , later revealed that father-of-two Graham had been dealing class A drugs on a patch run by an established gang

Jack West, 29, of Prestwich, Conor Cornforth, 27, of Droylsden; and Benjamin Dodd, 28, of Droylsden, were found guilty of assisting an offender.

Jack West was jailed for 42 months, Cornforth received 37 months; and Dodd got 30 months. 

Yesterday Halpin was named among Britain’s 12 most wanted fugitives.

The alleged criminals, who are believed to be hiding in mainland Spain or the Spanish islands, were named by law enforcement in a bid to flush them out. 

A joint campaign involving the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) and Spanish officials was launched in Madrid on Wednesday, where a rogues’ gallery of men wanted for crimes including murder and dealing in guns and drugs was unveiled.

The list of fugitives includes two wanted murderers accused of killing members of rival criminal gangs.

Along with Halpin there was Nana Oppong, 41, who is wanted by Essex Police for the drive-by killing of Robert Powell, 50, who was shot eight times with a 9mm pistol on June 13, 2020,.

There is also Jack Mayle, 30, from Croydon, south London, who allegedly sold substances including class A drug MDMA via a phone line in south London, called the Flavour Quest, and on the dark web.

When he fled the UK he had a tattooed neck, a diamond tattoo under his left eye and ‘Croydon’ tattooed on the outside of his left forearm.   


Mark Francis Roberts, 28, (left) from Liverpool, is wanted for GBH and attempted robbery in 2016. Roberts and an accomplice threatened the victim with a knife on his driveway at 1.30am in a bungled attempt to steal his £60,000 Richard Mille watch. John James Jones, 31, (right) was last known to have lived in the UK in Aughton, Lancashire. He is wanted for allegedly stabbing two victims multiple times, causing serious injuries

Mayle is heavily tattooed – his neck is covered with warriors and religious figures on horses, and he has a full back tattoo. He has a diamond shape under his left eye, ‘Croydon’ tattooed on the outside of his left forearm, and his hands are also covered in images. 

His left hand has the words ‘Money never sleeps’, ’12-20′ and a small heart, while his right is decorated with a design featuring an eye and hands, and the word ‘Littles’. On both hands he has tattoos on his fingers reading ‘trap star’  

The list also includes two suspected drug dealers from Cardiff who used the secret phone network EncroChat before it was taken down in an international sting.

Asim Naveed, 29, described as muscular and 6ft 2in, is accused of being the leader of a drug smuggling gang that brought 101lbs (46kg) of cocaine, worth nearly £8 million, into Wales between February and June 2020.  His last known addresses were in Butetown and Pentwyn, Cardiff. Naveed, who is described as Asian, has a surgical scar along his left wrist. 

Nana Oppong, 41, (left) is wanted by Essex Police for the drive-by killing of Robert Powell, 50, who was shot eight times with a 9mm pistol on June 13, 2020, while Callum Halpin, 27, (right) is wanted by Greater Manchester Police for the 2018 murder of rival Luke Graham, 31, in a turf war

His alleged customer Calvin Parris, 32, who has gold upper teeth, is accused of selling cocaine in the Welsh capital. His last known addresses were in Ely, Sully and Barry in Cardiff. He is black and around 5ft 11in.

Another suspect is Scotsman James ‘Jamie’ Stevenson, 56, who is wanted by the National Crime Agency and Police Scotland after the seizure of around one tonne of cocaine at the Port of Dover in September 2020, and 28million Etizolam ‘street Valium’ tablets in a raid on a suspected pill factory in Kent in June that year.

Stevenson, who is stocky and has a scar on the left side of his face, is also wanted in connection with two suspected arson attacks in Lanarkshire and Forth Valley in May 2020. His last known address was in Rutherglen, Glasgow, and he is around 5ft 9in with grey hair. He has links to Barcelona and Alicante. 

NCA director general of operations Steve Rodhouse attended the launch of the campaign alongside Spanish Security Minister Rafael Perez Ruiz, British Ambassador to Spain Hugh Elliot, and Mark Hallas, CEO of CrimeStoppers.

Mr Rodhouse insisted that Spain ‘is not a safe haven’ for criminals.

He said: ‘Fugitives usually continue offending while on the run and these men will be known in criminal circles wherever they are. The last thing the fugitives’ associates will want is the combined determination and capabilities of the UK and Spanish law enforcement focusing on them.

‘Many of these fugitives will be trying to blend in to the large British communities who have made their homes in Spain, and if you are resident, you may know one of them from your town or village.  Loyalties change over time and we urge anyone with information about these men to help us find them.’


Callum Michael Allan, 23, (left) is wanted by Northumbria Police for allegedly being involved in drug dealing as well as assaulting an emergency worker, affray and dangerous driving. Joshua Dillon Hendry, 30, (right) from Liverpool, is also accused of being part of a drug dealing gang, trafficking heroin and crack cocaine from Liverpool to Grimsby via a dedicated phone line, and has a separate 2018 conviction for conspiracy to supply cocaine, for which he was sentenced in his absence to 10 years in prison


Dean Garforth, 29, (left) whose last known address was in Dingle, Liverpool, is wanted by Cheshire Police for being part of a crime gang that sold drugs and guns. He is accused of having used the secret phone network Encrochat, that was brought down in an international sting, to carry out his crimes. Benjamin Macann, 32, (right) whose last known address was in Beetley in Norfolk, is wanted by police in the county for allegedly being involved in a cocaine dealing gang

Mark Francis Roberts, 28, from Liverpool, is wanted for GBH and attempted robbery in 2016. Roberts and an accomplice threatened the victim with a knife on his driveway at 1.30am in a bungled attempt to steal his £60,000 Richard Mille watch. 

When the victim refused to hand it over, the pair stabbed him multiple times, leaving him with a collapsed lung and needing treatment in intensive care. Roberts, who is white, 6ft 1in and has a scar down his right leg, cut his arm during the attack and was identified when his blood was recovered from the victim.  

John James Jones, 31, was last known to have lived in the UK in Aughton, Lancashire, is wanted for allegedly stabbing two victims multiple times, causing serious injuries. It is thought that Jones, who is white, around 6ft, and stocky with dark hair, fled to Madrid directly after the attack, and may now be in Ibiza.

Meanwhile Callum Michael Allan, 23, is wanted by Northumbria Police for allegedly being involved in drug dealing as well as assaulting an emergency worker, affray and dangerous driving. His last known address was in South Shields, and he is slim, white, around 5ft 11in, with fine hair, blue eyes and a Tyneside accent. Allan has links to Alicante and Marbella. 

Benjamin Macann, 32, whose last known address was in Beetley in Norfolk, is wanted by police in the county for allegedly being involved in a cocaine dealing gang. He is white, 5ft 10in, has blue eyes and greying hair, and suffers from asthma. He has links to Barcelona.  

Founder of the charity Crimestoppers Lord Ashcroft said: ‘We know it can be difficult for people to speak up about crime, which is why our charity is here to give you an option. 

‘We guarantee you’ll stay completely anonymous, just like the millions of people who have trusted our charity with their crime information since we were formed back in the 1980s.

‘Please do the right thing by passing on what you know about these fugitives’ whereabouts and help us ensure these criminals are no longer a danger.’

Anyone with information about the fugitives can call Crimestoppers anonymously in the UK on 0800 555 111 or from Spain on 900 926 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org/fugitives.

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