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Manchester biker who rode with boy on petrol tank jailed

A man who rode an off-road motorbike through Manchester with a three-year-old boy perched on the petrol tank has been jailed.

Ryan Ward, 23, admitted several driving offences, child cruelty and possession of a firearm.

He was jailed for five years and four months at Manchester Crown Court.

Another man, Josef Louthan, 22, was jailed for four years and eight months for possession of a firearm.

Ward, was filmed by the Greater Manchester Police helicopter on 5 June riding the motorbike through the streets of Harpurhey, Manchester.

Image caption Ryan Ward was also convicted of a firearms offence

The boy - who was not wearing a helmet - was seen sitting on the petrol tank behind the handlebars.

Police said Ward's actions were "absolutely disgraceful".

Ward, of Hilldale Avenue, Blackley, admitted dangerous driving, cruelty to a child under 16 and driving whilst disqualified.

The firearms offence relates to an incident where a sawn off shotgun was fired into the front window of a house in Cherry Avenue, Openshaw, Manchester on 21 August 2010.

A neighbour's car was shot at the following day.

Ward admitted possession of a firearm with intent to cause alarm, harassment or distress, as did Louthan, of Worsley Avenue, Little Hulton, Salford.

Det Sgt Tony McGuire said the shooting incident had been "a terrifying experience for all concerned".

He added: "Those involved used firearms to attempt to settle a dispute.

"This was a lengthy and complicated investigation, however with the support of the community and hard work of the officers involved these men are now facing time in prison."

The firearm has not yet been recovered and the identity of the third man is still unknown.

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