Five boys have now been arrested following the death of a 16 year old boy after being stabbed in Stretford on Saturday evening
Four aboys aged between 15 and 17, are being held on suspicion of murder after being arrested overnight
A fifth teenager has since handed himself in at a police station and arrested on suspicion of murder
The stabbing happened on Thirlmere Avenue around 7.00pm.The victim now identified Kennie Carter died of his injuries in hospital a short time later
In a statement released this afternoon Superintendent Caroline Hemingway from Trafford Division said:
“My thoughts – as a police officer and as a mother of a teenage son – go out to Kennie’s loved ones, who will receive as much support as we can give through our specially-trained officers.
A murder investigation is underway, and a team of detectives from our Major Incident Team have been working through the night and into today to follow-up a number of different lines of enquiry, and to piece together the circumstances leading to this callous attack.
Four arrests were made overnight – all of whom are teenage boys – and they remain in custody to be questioned on suspicion of murder.
There are scenes on in Stretford, Old Trafford and Hulme as our enquiries continue – and extra patrols remain in those areas.
Again, we see the utterly devastating consequences of knife crime – it destroys lives, families, and communities.
It’s so heart-breaking to see such a young life lost, and such young people suspected of being capable of a horrendous act of violence.
We will not relent in tackling this problem in our society, and we are doing all we can with partners and the community to stop more young lives being lost on our streets.
It’s vital the public give us ANY information or concerns, knowing we’ll treat it with the strictest confidence. This can be done by contacting police/Major Incident room, or Crimestoppers anonymously.
A family is today grieving the loss of a much-loved young soul. If you know someone carrying a knife, look out for them: think of how their actions could cost someone a life, ruin a poor family’s life, wreck their own life, and wreck the lives of their loved ones.