Manchester murder probe launched after teen dies following stabbing in Withington

The 17-year-old was stabbed on Southlea Road, Withington, this morning.

Police in Manchester have launched a murder inquiry after the death of a teenager.

Officers were called to reports of a stabbing on Southlea Road, Withington, at 11.30am on Tuesday (22 November.) A 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital but died from his injuries. Police do not believe that its was a random attack and early enquiries suggest that “there is no threat to the wider public.” They say they are supporting the teen’s family.

Section 60 stop and search powers in the area were introduced this evening.

Detective Superintendent Neil Jones of GMP South Manchester Division said: "Our thoughts are with the victim's loved ones at this devastating time, and I understand this will cause distress and concern to the community and across Manchester.

"We are in the early stages of our investigation, but I can assure you that our officers are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident.

“You may notice that there will be an increase in officers out on the streets in the Withington and Burnage area over the coming days to gather intelligence and offer reassurance to the public.

“If anyone has any information about this incident or has any concerns, I encourage you to speak to these officers. They are there to help and support you. This can also be done anonymously via Crimestoppers.

“I also ask anyone who has dash cam or CCTV footage from this area to contact us on 0161 856 1995.”

Greater Manchester Police can be contacted online here or 101. Information can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.