‘Tragic’ stabbings spark stop and search crackdown

By Alex Daniel

Police stepped up searches over the weekend in a bid to tackle knife crime after three ‘tragic’ deaths.

Officers for Greater Manchester Police searched 103 people in an attempt to curb crimes involving knives, following three fatal stabbings over as many weekends.

One of the most recent was of Dylan Keelan, who died in Tameside on Friday night (February 4).

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Sykes offered his condolences to Keelan’s family in a press conference also saying: “Recent incidents are a tragic reminder of the threat, harm and risk that knives and other weapons pose and why fighting, preventing and reducing violent crime is a top priority for both police and partner agencies.”

Ass Chf Con Sykes also asked the public to assist police by reporting any concerns they might have to the police, using non-emergency number 101.

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