Knife stop and searches ramped up in response to wave of fatal stabbings in Greater Manchester


The killings of 16-year-old Kennie Carter, 17-year-old Alan Szelugowski, and 20-year-old Dylan Keelan, over the last three consecutive weekends has shocked the Greater Manchester community.

All were victims of knife crime.

the Manchester Evening News recently discovered figures which revealed serious youth violence offenses have risen by 200 per cent in the city of Manchester alone in just two years.

Most urban police force areas saw a reduction in knife offenses in 2020-21 due to the coronavirus lockdowns, but in Greater Manchester they went up 4 per cent.

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Homicides also increased in the region by 16 per cent.

As a result of this, police have now said they are stepping up stop and search patrols this weekend in nine areas across the region.

These powers give police the right to search people without reasonable grounds in a defined area at a specific time.

Andy Burnham has joined GMP in making a plea for everyone to help tackle knife crime, and to praise the work of GMP’s Violence Reduction Unit who work in the community to tackle youth violence.

He said: “My thoughts, and the thoughts of people across Greater Manchester are with the families and communities affected by violence and knife crime.

“We will only end youth violence by tackling its causes, that’s why through our Violence Reduction Unit we’re working with schools, grass roots community organisations, young people themselves and the police to put in place programs of support and action.

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“The police cannot end youth violence alone but they have a critical role to play in taking immediate action where they have intelligence that people are carrying knives and other weapons. That’s why I have agreed with the Chief Constable that GMP will step up their proactive approach in hotspot areas to keep young people safe.

“We need everyone’s help to end youth violence, if you see anything that doesn’t feel right with a young person – your child, a family member or a friend please speak out. Contact the police, school or another trusted adult to get help and keep them safe.”

Flowers left at the scene on Thirlmere Avenue, Stretford, where 16-year-old Kennie Carter was fatally stabbed
Flowers left at the scene on Thirlmere Avenue, Stretford, where 16-year-old Kennie Carter was fatally stabbed

The nine areas where stopping and searching will be stepped up are: Manchester City Centre, Broughton and Cheetham Hill, North Manchester, Central Bolton, Failsworth and Lime Side, Oldham, Rochdale, Broughton, Broughton Park and Kersal, Salford, Central Stockport, Tameside , Stretford and Old Trafford, Trafford, Westleigh and Wigan Road areas of Leigh, Wigan.

GMP Gold Commander Assistant Chief Constable Wasim Chaudhry added: “We don’t make these decisions lightly but we do so to prevent serious violence and the use of weapons, ultimately to keep people safe.

“Following the fatal stabbing in Tameside last night, we’ve identified hot spots across Greater Manchester and are communicating with colleagues in those areas to increase resources this weekend and in the coming days and weeks.

“Members of the public can expect to see extra uniformed officers in some communities – their exercising powers under Section 60, whilst reassuring anyone who is concerned and deterring criminal behaviour.

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“I hope this news strongly reiterates that Greater Manchester Police will not tolerate people carrying knives or any other weapons for that matter and acts as a reminder that it can result in a prison sentence and lifelong criminal record.”




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

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