Police issue urgent appeal after three teens are arrested following Bury town centre stabbings

GMP believes the incident was a "targeted attack", with no wider threat to the public.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 13th March 2024

Police are urgently appealing for information and witnesses following several people being stabbed in Bury town centre earlier this week.

It comes after three teenagers have been arrested following the distressing incident.

In case you hadn’t heard about the series of events, officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were called out to reports that three males had been stabbed in Bury town centre, close to the world-famous Bury Markets site.

The shocking incident happened in broad daylight at around 12:15pm on Monday afternoon (11 March 2024).

Police issue urgent appeal after three teens are arrested following Bury town centre stabbings / Credit: GMP

Once emergency services arrived on the scene, they did, indeed, find three males who’d sustained stab wounds, and they were subsequently rushed to hospital shortly after – although thankfully, their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.


Two of the three males have since been released from hospital, police have confirmed, but the third is still being kept in.

Since the incident, officers from GMP’s Bury district have arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of Section 18 assault, who has since been released with no further action, while another 17-year-old male and a 16-year-old male have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, and are still in police custody.


Section 60 powers are also currently in place until 6:30pm this evening (13 March) covering areas of the town centre to help prevent further incidents, meaning officers will be able to stop and search anyone without suspicion in these areas during this time.

Police have revealed they believe the incident was a “targeted attack”.

“We believe this incident was a targeted attack, and thankfully no one has suffered life-threatening injuries,” commented Detective Chief Inspector John Charlton, of GMP’s Bury division.

Section 60 ‘stop and search’ powers are currently in place in the above area until 6:30pm this evening / Credit: GMP

He continued: “There is not a threat to the wider public, and we also believe this was an isolated incident. You may see heightened patrols in the local area, but don’t be alarmed by this, as our officers are there to help, support and reassure the wider community.”

With a police investigation having now been opened and enquiries ongoing, GMP has issued an urgent public appeal, and is asking anyone with information to make a report to police – with this also extending to anyone who may have relevant footage, including CCTV, mobile, Ring doorbell, or dashcam footage.

You can make a report by calling 101 and quoting 1338 of 11/03/2024.

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Alternatively, you can make a report anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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