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Police name boy stabbed to death in Hale Barns

Yousef Makki

A teenager who died after being stabbed in Hale Barns has now been formally identified as 17-year-old Yousef Ghaleb Makki from Burnage.

At around 6:40pm yesterday (Saturday 2 March 2019), police were called to Gorse Bank Road to reports that a teenage boy had been stabbed.

Officers attended the scene and Yousef was taken to hospital where he sadly died a short time later.

His loved ones are being supported by specially trained officers at this difficult time.

A Home Office Post Mortem is due to take place this afternoon and two 17-year-old boys remain in custody being questioned on suspicion of murder.

Detectives leading the investigation are appealing for anyone who may have been in the vicinity of Gorse Bank Road or Sunbank Lane to come forward with information.

Detective Superintendent Phil Reade, Head of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “This is an incredibly tragic case which has seen a teenage boy sadly lose his life.

“Yousef’s family has understandably been left devastated by his death and the thoughts of the entire investigation team remain with them at this difficult time.

“A team of dedicated detectives have been working throughout the night and into today trying to establish exactly what happened. The investigation is in its very early stages and we continue to remain open minded about why Yousef was attacked, and we would like to speak to anyone who may have information that can assist.

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was walking or driving in the vicinity of Gorse Bank Road or Sunbank Lane at around 6:30pm. These people may not realise it but they could hold vital information to assist the investigation and help Yousef’s family get the answers they deserve.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 6777 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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