THE parents of two students whose bodies were pulled from canals refuted police claims they drowned accidentally. One of the students managed to phone his parents and for over an hour they heard howls and screams, sadly the police did not record the phone call. Is this another one of the “pushers” victims or is something much stranger going on. Tragic David Plunkett’s chilling screams, heard by a 999 call handler, were not taped because the recorder was not working. The officer who dealt with the “distressing” call was so appalled by the blunder she later resigned.
And the family of Souvik Pal said families were not getting proper answers from the police. Detectives last week hit out at an expert’s claims that a killer dubbed “The Pusher” is on the loose after we revealed dozens of bodies have been found in Manchester’s canal.
The phone call from David, 21, who came from Halifax, W Yorks, was the last anyone heard from him before he was found dead in the Manchester Ship Canal three weeks later. He vanished after leaving a nightclub at Trafford Park near Manchester in April 2004. His inquest heard that his anguished parents rang him to check if he was OK after hearing he had lost his pals. He started to scream and howl, they said. They dialled 999 on another phone and held the two handsets together so the police operator could hear his distress. It was the last time they spoke to their son. The pair called their son’s phone the night he died, only to hear terrified screams. Anne said: ‘The screaming and howling was so unearthly that you just felt it had to be something.’
This message was Issued from a former GMP officer who handled the call. The woman, who we are not naming, said: “I took a very distressing 999 call.” She said David had been “in a distressed state” during the call with his parents “but they could not hear anything other than their son screaming”. She added: “I dealt with them for well over an hour, trying to sort out assistance for them and him. “The incident still haunts me to this date and with every death I see reported in the news I become more and more convinced that these are murders and not accidents.”
A pathologist said the likely cause of death was drowning and the inquest ruled it was accidental. But David’s mum Anne, 66, disagrees. And last night she hit out at the police probe into her son’s death. The retired head teacher said: “Someone is responsible for David’s death. The police investigation was unacceptable. “It was a case of ‘young man, too much to drink, falls into canal, end of story’. “But so many important factors were ignored and there were versions of events that simply did not add up.”
ON SATURDAY night 8/6/18 Orlando Nyero was celebrating his 19th birthday in Manchester. Three days later his body was pulled from the Rochdale Canal, which runs through the heart of the city. But he was not the first to die after a night out there. Orlando was found in the same waterway as student Charlie Pope, also 19, who drowned there in March. In fact, Orlando and Charlie are among 86 people who have been recovered dead from Greater Manchester’s canals since 2007. Most of the known victims have been young men.