A MURDER investigation is underway after a 19-year-old man was stabbed to death during a street fight in Oldham.
Police were called in the earlier hours of Sunday morning, but the victim died shortly after being taken to hospital.
The brawl took place at around 4:30am on Cheviot Avenue in Oldham, Greater Manchester Police said.
When police arrived, they tried to resuscitate the victim on the scene before rushing him to hospital, where he later died.
Three men, two 21-year-olds and a 20-year-old, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and detectives are asking anyone with information to come forward.
One resident said that groups of young men would regularly hang out on the corner of the street.
She said: “I’ve never seen anything like this though.
“It’s scary to wake up and see this on your doorstep.”
Detective Superintendent Debbie Dooley said: “My thoughts are with the young man who has had his life brutally taken away from him and our specialist officers are working closely with the family to assist them the best we can at this devastating time.
“This is a fast-moving investigation and we have made three early arrests.
“However, we are keen to establish the circumstances around this and are appealing to the public for further information to assist us with this case.
“A crime of this severity requires as much detail as possible, therefore it is vital that those who know about the circumstances behind this get in touch with police and aid our inquiries so the perpetrators can be brought to justice.”
KNIFE CRIME SURGE
The grim news comes as knife crime soared to record highs last year.
From January to September 2019 alone, offences involving a knife or sharp instrument rose seven per cent in England and Wales.
Figures released in January this year showed that offences with a knife or sharp instrument were up to 44,771 by September 2019.
The number of murders involving knives, however, fell by 20 per cent to 221.
This does not include numbers from Greater Manchester Police, who record figures differently.
Boris Johnson has promised to “cut the head off the snake
The Prime Minister has said he will lead a new cabinet committe focused on shutting down county lines gangs.
As part of the new strategy, the Government is investing £700m to recruit an additional 6,000 officers by the end of March 2021.
Additionally, specialist Violence Reducation Units (VRUs) are set to be rolled out across the country in the comings years to help tackle the surge.
The units aim to use community leraders and an early intervention approach to discourage young people from getting involved in serious violent crimes.
In December, 18 VRUs were given an additional £35 million.
In September, GMP said serious knife violence in Manchester had fallen by nearly a quarter after it trebled the number of stop and searches.
Their figures showed that there were 735 crimes between April and July 2019, down from 958 in the same period in 2018 – a fall of 23 per cent.
London still remains at the centre of the UK’s knife crime epidemic, with over 15,000 incidents in the capital in the 12 months to September 2019 – nearly two an hour.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the police on 101.
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