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Three men jailed over Harpurhey Gala Bingo hall 'drugs feud' shooting

James Henry, James Instone and Mark Barker Image copyright GMP
Image caption Henry, Instone and Barker targeted Mr Calder as part of a drugs feud

Three men have been jailed for shooting a man and his mother in the car park of a bingo hall in Manchester.

Scott Calder, 22, and his mother Marie, 56, were shot outside Gala Bingo in Harpurhey after a failed kidnap.

Mr Calder was targeted as part of a drugs feud in January 2014, the Crime Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

Mark Barker, James Instone and James Henry, from Manchester, were jailed for 25, 22 and 15 years respectively at Manchester Crown Court.

The men had followed Mr Calder to the bingo hall where he was collecting his mother and attempted to kidnap him.

'Well planned'

They blocked the pair in and fired a number of shots, hitting Mr Calder in the elbow and his mother in the wrist.

Five days later, Barker and Instone kidnapped Mr Calder's brother and took him to a flat in Salford making demands for money for his release, the CPS said.

The ransom was paid and he was released.

Image caption The shooting took place 12 January 2014 outside Gala Bingo in Harpurhey

Howard Gough, from the CPS, said these "violent men" were jailed for "taking the law into their own hands".

"Their target, Scott Calder, was believed to have stolen drugs and money from them, leading them to make violent attempts to both retrieve what he had stolen and to seek retribution," he said.

  • Barker, 46, of Bradford Road, Manchester, was jailed for 25 years for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, attempted kidnap, wounding with intent, kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail
  • Instone, 34, of no fixed address, was jailed for 22 years for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, attempted kidnap, wounding with intent and blackmail
  • Henry, 29, of Shackleton Avenue, Manchester, was jailed for 15 years for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, attempted kidnap, and wounding with intent

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