Tyson Fury’s cousin stabbed in Goose Green: two arrests made as boxer speaks out over Rico Burton’s death

The boxer has spoken out about knife crime after his cousin Rico Burton died in Altrincham.

Boxer Tyson Fury has said knife crime ‘needs to stop’ following the death of his cousin over the weekend.

Greater Manchester police were called to a disturbance at Goose Green, Altrincham, at 3am on Sunday (21 August) where they found a 17-year-old boy and 31-year-old Rico Burton with stab wounds.

Members of the public stepped in to deliver first aid til paramedics arrived and took over, and both victims were taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary, where Mr Burton died.

A 21-year-old man was arrested at the scene and a 22-year-old was arrested later on Sunday.

A general view of Goose Green Altrincham, from Google Maps

What have police said?

Superintendent Ben Ewart said: “Firstly, may I take this opportunity to pass on my sincere condolences the family and friends of Rico at the very difficult time.

“I would like to commend members of the public who were at the scene, who administered first aid prior to the emergency services arrival.

“Greater Manchester Police have launched a murder investigation and specialist officers are supporting the victim’s family.

“A 21-year-old male was arrested at the scene and a 20-year-old male was arrested later this morning, both of whom remain in custody.

“This was a senseless act and both victims should have returned home this morning after enjoying a night out with friends.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who was at the popular night spot of Goose Green in Altrincham overnight or who may have information in connection with this incident. Any photographs, videos or CCTV footage would also be extremely valuable in aiding our investigations.

“I urge anyone who was out with the victims or suspects who have not yet come forward, to please do so.

“We have increased police patrols in the area and tackling knife crime remains a priority for Greater Manchester Police - the devastating effects of which have been demonstrated today”.

Police have brought in section 60 stop and search powers until 3am tomorrow morning (23 August) to assist with their inquiries in the local area - see the map below.

Goose Green Altrincham stop and search area Credit: Google

What did Tyson Fury say about his cousin?

The Wythenshawe born boxer took to Twitter to express his grief and anger.

He posted: “My cousin was murdered last night. Stabbed in the neck, this is becoming ridiculous, idiots carry knives. This needs to stop.

“Life is precious, enjoy every moment... RIP Rico Burton.”

He also called for the Government to bring in higher sentences for knife crime.

Steve Egan, chief coach at Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy where Mr Burton had trained, said he was devastated by the news.

Tyson Fury Credit: Getty
  • Anyone with information, CCTV, photos, or videos regarding this incident should contact GMP on 0161 856 7386 or 101 quoting incident 475 of 21/08/2022.

Members of the public can upload photos, videos and information via our Major incident public portal following this link: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/06GMP22S47-PO1

Alternatively, you report information via www.gmp.police.uk or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.