A football coach from Salford helped to keep a 14-year-old stabbing victim alive until paramedics arrived.
Jordan Ryan was coaching the North Manchester Athletic Football Club at Abraham Moss Community School’s sports pitch when they heard shouting from a nearby field.
A teenage boy, who had suffered multiple stab wounds, received crucial medical attention from the coach and players before the emergency services arrived.
“We’d just finished our warm up and we’d heard shouting out on the marsh. We’ve had it before where we’ve heard shouting and then fireworks have been thrown onto the pitch or dog walkers shouting their dogs, so at first we thought nothing of it.
“The shouting got louder, and it got a little bit more harrowing “help me, help me I need help” so we gathered into the corner of the pitch to get a clearer sounding of what’s gone on. It got louder “please someone help me I’ve been stabbed” – panic had set in then.”
“I stayed with him, I thought, if this is someone who’s coming for a second chance, he’s going to kill him, I’ve got to stay with him – I can’t leave him there to die.
“My first aid kit is for football bumps and bruises, it’s not for major trauma. We were just basically doing what we could do, we were using football bibs to tie around wounds to stop the bleeding, jumpers and coats.”
The players used bibs and other clothing items to apply direct pressure to prevent further blood loss.
The incident happened close to Abraham Moss Community School, where the football team were using the sports pitch for their training session.
Adam Clare, Team Captain, also commented:
“If we weren’t training that night, he would have been dead.
“My instinct was to just do my best to help him.”
Knife crime statistics released in October show the increasing number of knife crimes in the UK.
In the year ending June 2019, 3,437 knife crimes were recorded in Greater Manchester alone and 47,513 nationally.
Greater Manchester Police are investigating the incident which happened on Tuesday 3 December.
In a statement, GMP said:
“Shortly before 7.30pm, police were called to reports of a stabbing at the Abraham Moss Metrolink stop.
“Two teenage boys -aged 14 and 15 -departed the tram at Abraham Moss Metrolink before they were approached by three boys and seriously assaulted.
“The 14-year-old boy received multiple stab wounds and the 15-year-old boy received a single stab wound. Both teenagers have received medical treatment however neither have injuries that are believed to be life threatening.
“The first offender was described as a white boy, approximately 15-years-old, around 5ft 8inches, wearing a black coat and a grey hoodie.
“The second offender was described as a mixed raced boy aged between 15-18-years-old, around 5ft 9inches, wearing all black clothing with his hood pulled over the top of his face and black Nike air-max trainers.
“The third offender was described as a mixed raced boy aged between 15-18-years-old, wearing all black clothing.”
— Greater Manchester Police (@gmpolice) December 4, 2019
Detective Inspector Tony Platten of the City of Manchester Division said:
“This was a heinous attack that has left two young boys in hospital with serious injuries.
“I would like to reassure the community that we are doing all we can to protect residents and find those responsible. You will see extra patrols across the area over the coming days and weeks who will be working with the community to identify those responsible. Please stay vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police.”
Anyone with any information about this incident should contact police on 0161 856 3985 quoting incident number 2361 of 03/12/2019.
Information can be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The news comes after Police across the North West carried out a week of targeted activity to tackle knife crime.
From 2-5th December, a total of 180 knives and other prohibited weapons were seized in a coordinated crackdown with police officers from Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and North Wales and beyond.
Detective Superintendent Ryan Davies from the North West ROCU said:
“Thanks to this intelligence-led, co-ordinated operation a significant number of knives and weapons have been seized and won’t make it to the streets of our region, where they can cause serious harm.
“This operation is a powerful example of how collaborative working is making a difference in the fight against serious and organised crime in the North West.”
“Be warned, anyone who is thinking about buying knives or weapons either online or by any other means from overseas. You are committing an offence by bringing them into the country. You face the full force of the law if you do so.”
Follow Greater Manchester Police on Twitter @gmppolice for information and live updates