Reporting: Thomas Mansbridge & Elena John / The Northern Quota
A 19-year-old man killed in a ‘random attack’ during the early hours of Wednesday morning in Fallowfield was a student at Manchester Met, it has been confirmed.
A Manchester Met spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Greater Manchester Police has informed us that one of our students died in an incident in Fallowfield in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this difficult time. We will be contacting them to offer our help and support. This will be a terrible shock to our whole community and we will be arranging for professionally trained counselling staff to support any students and staff who are affected by the incident. We cannot offer further comment at this time.”
The student, who has not been named, was given CPR at the scene but died later, police say.
A student living in Fallowfield said: “The safety issues in Fallowfield are ongoing so I’m not really surprised something like this has happened, but it’s still very shocking.
“We don’t want anyone to walk home alone now, even my male friends. It’s made everyone very wary.
“I used to live on that road. Fallowfield doesn’t feel safe”.
Manchester Met have issued a statement today offering their condolences to the victim’s family and counselling to staff and students.
Detective Superintendent Neil Jones of Greater Manchester Police South Manchester Division said: “This was a terrible crime which has robbed a young man of his life and my thoughts are with his family at this devastating time.
“I understand it will cause distress and concern to many in Fallowfield and across Manchester more widely, including our large student community.
“The investigation is in its early stages, but I can assure you that our officers are working round the clock and carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident.
“We are actively pursuing leads and will relentlessly pursue the offender to ensure they are brought to justice.
“There will be more officers out on the streets in Fallowfield and the surrounding area over the coming days conducting high visibility and plain clothes patrols to gather intelligence and reassure the community.
“Greater Manchester Police operates a Student Safe Operation with our partners on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights where our officers patrol the student areas at night, and these efforts will ramp up and be given extra resources.
“I hope this goes someway to reassure the community and if anyone has any information about this incident or has any concerns, I urge you to speak to these officers. They are there to help and support you.”
Anyone with any information should contact GMP by calling 101 quoting Log 240 of 26/10/22.
Manchester Met students can access the Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing Service by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0161 247 3493.