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Gangster Held Over Ferris Wheel Prison Protest
A notorious gangster has been arrested after scaling Manchester's Big Wheel to protest against plans to send him back to prison.
Domenyk Noonan climbed onto the roof of a pod, about halfway up the 197ft ferris wheel, and shouted to a 1,000-strong crowd below about police brutality.
Several people were reportedly stuck in some of the pods while officers try to talk him down.
The 49-year-old - who is on licence as part of a nine-and-a-half year sentence for hiding a gun in the bonnet of his car - climbed up the wheel in Piccadilly Gardens at around 3.30pm.
Noonan - the subject of Donal MacIntyre's 2007 documentary, A Very British Gangster - came back down six hours later and was immediately arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass.
Speaking on his mobile phone from the giant wheel, Noonan told the Manchester Evening News: "This is the scariest thing I have ever done in my life.
"I want the police to stop harassing me, even the probation service over the last three days. They are threatening to recall me to prison."
He told the paper he had a "stupid argument over the washing-up" with a friend at the address he is required to stay at under the terms of his licence.
He said because of the argument, he went to stay at another friend's house, which breached his licence conditions.
Cody Lachey, 30, a friend of Noonan, told the newspaper the gangster had prepared for the protest.
"He's got a sleeping bag, chocolate, crisps and a bottle of water. He's also got insulin for his diabetes," he said
Noonan is one of Manchester's most infamous criminals, and orchestrated the Strangeways prison riots in the 1980s.