A teenager was fatally stabbed on Birchenall Street, in Moston at around 7 pm on Thursday evening.
Greater Manchester Police told the Manchester Evening News that a 16-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene, after emergency services made their absolute best attempts to revive him.
In a following statement, police said that they believe the boy was attacked by a group of other young males with weapons. No arrests have been made, and no official suspects have been announced, but an investigation is underway.
Police were called to the #Moston area of #Manchester by North West Ambulance Service to reports of a stabbing. Despite best efforts, the 16 y/o male was deceased at the scene on Birchenall Street. pic.twitter.com/k2bdIbwELF— Josh Blinman (@JoshBlinman) November 6, 2020
“A large cordon is in place in the area whilst detectives carry out enquiries,” a police statement said.
Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels, of GMP’s City of Manchester district, called the incident dreadful and promised that the agency is working hard to find the suspects.
#ARREST | A man has been arrested after a teenager was stabbed to death in #Moston. Just after 7pm yesterday evening (Thursday 5 November 2020) officers were called to a report of a stabbing on Birchenall Street, Moston.— Greater Manchester Police (@gmpolice) November 6, 2020
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“A dedicated team of officers are supporting the boy’s family and our thoughts are with them as they struggle to come to terms with their loss. A full investigation is underway and is very much in its infancy and a number of detectives remain at the scene carrying out enquiries. I would urge members of the community to do the right thing and come forward – a number of people may have seen what happened and any piece of information may prove vital for our investigation,” Daniels said.
Anyone who may have seen anything, or has any information at all, should call police on 101 quoting incident number 2639 of 05/11/20. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
There were 43,516 knife crime offences in the 12 months ending March 2019.
This is an 80% increase from the low-point in the year ending March 2014, when there were 23,945 offences, and is the highest number since comparable data was compiled.
These statistics do not include those from Greater Manchester Police because of data recording issues.
Out of the 44 police forces, 43 recorded a rise in knife crime since 2011.
The number of knife-related homicides went from 272 in 2007 to 186 in 2015. Since then it’s risen every year, with a steep increase in 2017-18, when there were 285 killings, the highest figure since 1946.
One in four victims were men aged 18-24. In the year to March 2019, 22,041 people were cautioned, reprimanded or convicted for carrying a knife in England and Wales