Three boys aged 16 have been arrested on suspicion of murder following a fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old in Bury town center.
The victim was stabbed on Market Street at 3.50pm on Friday – he was taken to hospital but died later.
As police increased the use of stop and search powers in the town, detectives investigating the ‘shocking’ stabbing revealed today (Saturday) that officers have arrested three boys, all aged 16, on suspicion of murder.
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All three remain in police custody for questioning, Greater Manchester Police confirmed. The identity of the man who died has not been released although police say his next of kin have been informed and are being supported by officers.
Following the death and a four other knife-point robberies in the town in 48 hours, GMP has invoked so-called ‘section 60’ stop and search powers under the 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.
Unlike regular stop and search, the application of ‘section 60’ allows officers to stop people without suspicion for a limited time and in a specified area. Police have also stepped up patrols in the town.
Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes, appealing to the public for information about the attack, said: “I’d like to reiterate that our thoughts remain with the family and loved one’s of the young man who was very sadly killed yesterday afternoon.
“This has been a fast paced investigation and I am pleased to say detectives have made three arrests overnight in connection with his death. Although they remain in custody for questioning our investigation is still in its initial stages and we are continuing to appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time to come forward and assist police.
“This incident occurred in broad daylight in a Bury town center so it is highly likely there are members of the public who witnessed the assault or may have mobile phone footage from around the town. If you were in Bury town center and saw any disturbance in or around Millgate Shopping Center then we ask that you contact Greater Manchester Police.You can also pass information anonymously via Crimestoppers.
“This is shocking incident of violence and I want to assure the public we are continuing to work at pace to ensure those responsible face justice and we provide this young man’s family with the answers they deserve.”
Coun Richard Gold, cabinet member for communities at Bury town hall, said: “Our thoughts are with the victims family and friends at this sad time.
“A police investigation is underway, and I would like to reassure the community that every effort is being made to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Extra police are also patrolling the town center. I would urge anyone with any information to contact Greater Manchester Police. You can also pass on this information anonymously via Crimestoppers. “
Anyone with information should contact Greater Manchester Police quoting incident reference 1940 or 11/03/22 via 0161 856 0027 or gmp.police.uk. Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.