Police step up stop-and-search knife crime operation after three weekends of stabbing tragedies


Uniformed patrols will be increased in ‘hot-spot’ areas as police step up a knife crime operation following a series of stabbing tragedies.

Stop-and-search powers will be used, police chiefs have said.

The operation follows three fatal stabbings in Greater Manchester on three consecutive weekends.

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Over just 16 days, Kennie Carter, 16, was stabbed to death in Stretford, Trafford; Alan Szelugowski, 17, died after being stabbed in Clowes Park, Salford, and Dylan Keelan, 20, died after being stabbed in Dukinfield, Tameside.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with Dylan’s murder – and investigating detectives have made a series of other arrests in connection with the inquiry.

A 13-year-old boy from Hulme has become the 12 arrest made by Greater Manchester Police in connection with the murder of teenager Kennie.

He was released on bail pending further inquiries.

Forensic investigations at a murder scene

Eight other teenagers – aged between 13 and 17 – had already been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain on conditional bail.

Three teenage boys who were arrested have since been eliminated from the inquiry.

Detectives have made four arrests – all teenage boys – in connection with the murder in Salford of Alan Szelugowski, but there have been no charges as yet.

The tragedies have been fueled by further knife attacks and injuries across the city region.

Greater Manchester Police said today Operation Sycamore – dedicated to fighting, preventing and knife crime – was being stepped reducing up.

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Assistant Chief Constable Wasim Chaudhry urged the public to discard knives in special knife bins available at police stations.

Police are stepping up patrols

And he urged youngsters carrying knives to surrender them.

He said: “Keeping people safe is a top priority, especially given the recent incidents which have been a tragic reminder of the threat, harm and risk that knives and other weapons pose.

“This weekend, members of the public can expect to see extra uniformed officers in communities across Greater Manchester, which have been identified as hotspots.

“These officers will focus on engaging with young people; challenging and responding to anti-social behavior and crime and exercising their stop and search powers if and when necessary.

“I would like to use this opportunity to remind people about our Forever Amnesty bins which are located at 13 police stations across Greater Manchester.

“Knives can be put in these bins with no questions asked.

“If you carry a weapon, my plea is that you surrender it this weekend. If you know or suspect someone else does, that you report it immediately.”

Police said this week they have ramped up patrols and have stopped and searched more than 100 people across Manchester, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Over the past year, the Manchester Evening News has reported at least one stabbing a week, across all 10 boroughs where either the victim or perpetrator was a teenager.

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