The fatal stabbing, which police say sent “shockwaves through the community”, took place on Thirlmere Avenue just before 7pm on Saturday 22 January 2022.
Kennie was described by his family as being a “cheeky chappy”, whose death left a “massive hole” in their lives.
With the second anniversary of Kennie’s death now only a few months away, and the police investigation still ongoing, GMP has now revealed that nine people were arrested, and later charged, on suspicion of murder and manslaughter yesterday (31 October).
Jabriel Ferguson, 18, of School Walk in Old Trafford, and Rashaun Williams, also 18, of Manor Grove in Stafford, have been charged with murder and manslaughter, while a further seven males (aged 17, 16, three aged 15-year, and two aged 14), who cannot be named for legal reasons, have also been charged with murder and manslaughter.
All nine were also due to appear at Manchester City Magistrates Court yesterday.
“The thoughts of everyone in the investigation team remain with Kennie’s family, who continue to be supported by specially trained officers and are aware of the progress being made in this investigation,” commented Detective Chief Inspector Nicola McCulloch, of GMP Major Incident Team, as the nine people were charged yesterday.
“As a result of our enquiries, nine males have been charged today – but I want to be clear, this is not the end of our appeal for information.”
GMP has assured locals that, in the coming days, there will be more officers in the area from the local Neighbourhood Teams and Xcalibre Task Force “on patrol” and “engaging with residents and young people”.
This is part of GMP’s partnership response to tackling serious youth violence across the Stretford and Hulme areas – which comes under the named ‘Operation Tahara’.
DCI McCulloch continued: “We still request that anyone with information about Kennie’s death or relevant footage – including mobile, CCTV, or dashcam – make contact with police.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact GMP by calling either 0161 856 9908 or 101, quoting incident 2529 of 22/01/2022, while any footage or images from the night should be submitted to the dedicated online portal here.
Alternatively, you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Sir David Jason set for TV return in Only Fools and Horses documentary Christmas special
In a surprise bit of festive news, the only and only Sir David Jason is returning for an Only Fools and Horses Christmas special this December. Lovely jubbly!
The best-loved and most-watched British comedy of all time will be back on our screens in documentary form this festive season, with Del Boy himself David Jason revisiting the iconic comedy character after 20 years he last played him on screen.
While the legendary sitcom was broadcast on BBC back in the day, the highly-anticipated Only Fools doc will be airing on Channel 5 right before Christmas as a special one-off programme.
Looking back on the show’s incredible run on UK screens over seven series and the several ‘Christmas Cracker’ specials, specifically, the latest Only Fools and Horses documentary will see Jason and a number of other guests appearing to chat about the legendary show.
While it’s still unclear how many of the original cast will be appearing, Jason’s on-screen wife Tessa Peake-Jones (Raquel) is confirmed to be appearing along with other special guests including newscaster Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Bendiorm‘s Sherrie Hewson.
Sadly, a full theatrical reunion just isn’t on the cards following the deaths of Roger Lloyd Pack (Trigger), Kenneth MacDonald (Mike the Landlord) and Buster Merryfield (Uncle Albert) in the 30 years since the show ended its run.
Only Fools writer John Sullivan also sadly passed away aged 64 in 2011 and fellow co-star Nicholas Lyndhurst, a.k.a. Rodney Trotter, told Metro: “We can’t. John is no longer with us. John was the driving force of the show and we have also lost quite a few cast members now.
“I don’t think I could do it without them and I certainly couldn’t do it without John. At the risk of depressing everyone, I think the last two times I’ve seen David has been at funerals.”
Simply entitled, ‘The Story Of Only Fools And Horses At Christmas’, the 90-minute special is yet to have its broadcast date fully confirmed but you best keep your eyes peeled on the TV guide — we’ll let you know as soon we do.
Jason, 81, has only just recovered from hip surgery earlier this year, so it’ll be nice to see his familiar grin back on our screens.
Right, we’re off to binge a whole series on UK Gold.
Habas restaurant in Manchester announces shock closure – with huge closing-down discount
Habas, the Middle Eastern restaurant launched by the team behind El Gato Negro, has announced its shock closure.
The subterranean restaurant will be going out with a bang though, promising one last knees-up with a big discount.
Habas will be doing 25% off its entire food and drink menu this New Year’s Eve so that fans of the eatery can raise a glass to the Manchester restaurant.
They’re also hoping that Mancs will raise a glass to new beginnings, teasing a brand new concept.
Habas is located at Brown Street in Manchester city centre and has been serving up its Middle Eastern menu since 2021.
It comes from Mills Hill Developments Limited, the company also responsible for El Gato Negro and Canto, fronted by celebrated chef Simon Shaw.
Habas has stressed that its closure ‘is not forever’ as it announces details of its New Year’s Eve closing down party.
You can ring in the new year with a selection of mezze dishes, sharing platters and small plates, feasting on chicken tagine and traditional tzatziki, all 25% off on Sunday 31 December.
Drinks, too, like the cranberry elderflower martini, blackberry ginger smash and clementine daquiri will be with 25% off.
Simon Shaw, Chef Parton at Mills Hill Developments Limited, said: “As of January 2024, we have made the decision to close the doors of Habas Bar & Restaurant, however we are thrilled to announce that our Brown Street venue has an exciting new concept on the way.
“Throughout December, Habas, will continue serving up the city’s best middle-eastern cuisine, so make sure you pop in and see us. AND on New Year’s Eve, Habas, will be hosting an unforgettable celebration with 25% off food and drinks. We want to rejoice with all of our customers, with one final hurrah!
“We would like to thank all of our guests and reassure Habas fans that this is not the end of Habas Bar & Restaurant forever, simply a farewell from Brown Street for now.
“We look forward to welcoming you to our new exciting concept in Q1 of 2024.”