Police are appealing for information after a group of teenage boys were attacked in an unprovoked armed ambush in Cheetham Hill at the weekend
At around 5:15pm on Sunday the group was playing football on the basketball courts of Bignor Street Park, when they were approached by a different group of seven to eight who began abusing and intimidating the boys.
One of the offending group then pulled out a meat cleaver and another started making a phone call asking for others to attend, at which point the victims decided to leave.
The boys walked up Heywood Street, with the offending group following them, before turning onto Brideoak Street where a number of other men appeared, some in cars and others on motorbikes.
This group, who were armed with knives, cricket bats, and a meat cleaver then attacked the group of boys.
During the incident, one of the boys sustained a deep cut to his hand which required surgery, an adult relative of one of the boys was stabbed in his lower back and another boy who was riding away on a bike was attacked with a bat before having his bike stolen.
The offenders fled the scene prior to officer attendance.
They are all described as Asian males of differing ages who spoke a combination of Urdu and English.
A 13-year-old boy was arrested earlier today, on suspicion of section 18 wounding and remains in police custody for questioning.
Detective Sergeant Gareth Levitt-Jones, of GMP’s City of Manchester team, said: “This was a cowardly and unprovoked attack on a group of teenage boys without any apparent motive.
“Greater Manchester Police will not tolerate such violence on our streets and open spaces and we have launched a full investigation.
“As a result of some information that has come from witnesses, we are following numerous lines of enquiry however we still need help from the public.
“I would like to appeal to anyone who believes that they may have information that can assist us to please come forward and contact police.”