Road recorded and ‘blood on the ground’ after teenager was stabbed in the back of the head

Police closed off part of a street in Ashton-under-Lyne and ‘weapons checked’ after being called for a stabbing. An 18-year-old was stabbed in the back of the head on Saturday night (April 16).

Emergency services rushed to Blandford Street and the teenager was taken to hospital. He was released this morning and the police are continuing their investigation.

Video footage, which was taken at around 11.30pm on Saturday night, shows a section of Blandford Street recorded by police between Cavendish Street and Oldham Road. At least two police vans can be seen present, with an officer manning the cordon at the junction with Cavendish Street.

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The cordon area includes the ASM Cash and Carry and the Gericke Factory, with the nearest houses along Blandford Street being further up the road. Many residents who spoke to the Manchester Evening Newswere unaware of the incident that happened last night.

A woman, who lives on Blandford Street, was saddened to learn that another young man had been stabbed. “A teenager…I don’t know what’s going on,” she said.

Police cordoned off part of Blandford Street, between Cavendish Street and Oldham Road

Some eyewitnesses had seen an emergency services presence late last night and earlier this morning (Sunday). One said to MEN that police said they searched bushes in the area for knives, while another witness said they saw blood on the ground in the area that was cordoned off.

Blandford Street is near Millennium Green and Burlington Street, west of Ashton town centre. This is an area that has been plagued by anti-social behavior and criminal activity over the years.

Last May, residents of Burlington House told the MEN they felt like “prisoners in our own homes” due to the large groups gathering, the loud noise, and the drug trade in the area. In November 2017, a gang of 60 youths surrounded a police van and threw fireworks at it, while a resident was attacked outside her own home.

An eyewitness reported seeing blood on the ground near ASM Cash and Carry
An eyewitness reported seeing blood on the floor near ASM Cash and Carry

Incidents rose again last summer after the lockdown was relaxed, and a stabbing in Millennium Green unearthed a number of weapons. Chf Insp Lee Broadstock told the MEN Last August, GMP received “reports of youth gatherings, drug use and some criminal damage” in the area.

Anyone with information about Saturday’s stabbing attack is asked to contact the police online via LiveChat, where possible, or by calling 101. Alternatively, details can be submitted anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.

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