Family of Yousef Makki call for more action on knife crime after latest fatal stabbing


The family of Yousef Makki have called for more action to tackle knife crime after another teenager was stabbed to death.

Yousef, a talented 17-year-old bursary student at Manchester Grammar School, from Burnage, was fatally stabbed in Hale Barns on March 2, 2019.

On Saturday night, Kennie Carter, 16, was stabbed to death on the The Lakes estate in Stretford.

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As police today (Tuesday) urged people to hand in knives as part of another knives amnesty, Yousef’s family expressed sympathy for the grieving family of Kennie Carter, but urged for more action on knife crime.

The most up-to-date figures show a steep rise in knife crime in Greater Manchester since 2018.

Some 3,363 serious crimes involving a knife were recorded in Greater Manchester in the year ending June 2021, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics which show the number of such crimes climbed steadily in 2020 and 2019.

However, the number of serious knife crimes recorded was historically much lover, with 1,953 recorded in the year to March 2018.

Today the sister of Yousef Makki, Jade Akoum, who is campaigning against knife crime, welcomed the latest moves by Greater Manchester Police to take knives out of circulation.

Police scene at Thirlmere Avenue, Stretford
Police scene at Thirlmere Avenue, Stretford

But she said much more could be done by communities.

Asked about the latest GMP effort, Jade told the MEN: “It’s a great idea if it works but is it going to work? The victims of knife crime just seem to be getting younger and younger but I suppose this is a step in the right direction.

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“Every time I hear stories like this it just brings it all back to what happened to Yousef. I have noticed the ages of the victims keep getting younger.

“I’m thinking about that family and really how they must be feeling right now.”

Asked what can be done that isn’t being done at the moment to tackle knife crime, Jade added: “It everybody needs to come together, the local community, the police and the schools. At the moment there isn’t enough being done .”

Kennie Carter – knife crime has soared across Greater Manchester since 2018

Earlier, GMP trumpeted amnesty bins in police stations as part of their latest appeal in Stretford.

In a video messade posted from GMP’s Stretford Twitter account, Chief superintendent Colette Rose said: “You will have seen our officers out in the community after the tragic incident that happened on Saturday night.

“Speak to our officers. Give them information about people you know that may be carrying knives or hat you know are carrying knives.

“We want to get knives off our streets. We have amnesty bins in all our stations where you can bring them and get rid of them.

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“We need to get rid of knives off our streets because they are dangerous and they kill.

“Look after each other. Tell us what you know.”

So far police have arrested six teenagers, the youngest aged 14, as part of a huge investigation into Kennie Carter’s death.

Anyone with information is asked to call GMP’s Major Incident Team on 0161 856 9908 quoting incident 2529 of 01/24/2022.

Details can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

As part of GMP’s ‘Forever Amnesty’ campaign to ‘bin the knife’, each station has at least one amnesty bin where blades can be deposited.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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