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Ashlie Blakey

Stop-and-search powers extended and patrols stepped up after man, 20, shot dead in Moss Side

Stop-and-search powers were extended and police patrols have been stepped up after a fatal shooting in Moss Side.

Officers have been investigating at the scene of the shooting on Claremont Road since the 20-year-old victim was tragically killed in the early hours of Monday morning (August 15). He suffered serious injuries after a gunman opened fire just hours after Manchester's Caribbean Carnival ended.

A huge cordon was put in place around the area as crime scene investigators gathered evidence and Tactical Aid Unit officers conducted fingertip searches. Last night, police said stop-and-search powers in the Moss Side area had been extended and would last from 10pm to 4am.

READ MORE: Police investigating if huge knife brawl is linked to fatal Moss Side shooting just metres away

Patrols have also been stepped up in the area after police said they were investigating whether the shooting was linked to a knife brawl which broke out just metres away. A number of males were stabbed at around 2.50am on Monday morning on nearby Roseberry Street.

A post shared on the GMP Longsight and Moss Side Facebook page last night said: "We've extended the current S60 powers to stop and search people in the areas shown in the map between 10pm today and 4am tomorrow. We can also disperse anyone from the area we believe may cause harm or distress to others.

"We understand the use of these powers can cause concern and can seem excessive. Our priority is to keep you safe.

"We’re using these powers to prevent violence involving weapons. You will see more officers patrolling these areas over the course of this week.

"If you have information about weapons or suspicious activity, get in touch. We can be contacted by Live Chat on our website Alternatively, call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. They will not ask for your name or trace your call."

Forensic investigators at the scene on Moss Side (Manchester Evening News)

Claremont Road remains closed off this morning between Rosebery Street and Princess Road as investigations continue. Cordons were also erected on Princess Road, Roseberry Street and Cowesby Street yesterday.

Local residents have called for better management of street parties in the area after hundreds of people were reportedly 'packed like sardines' on Claremont Road after the carnival ended. People who spoke to the MEN lamented the 'bad apples' who ruined a good weekend and were frustrated to see the return of violence after the event.

Yesterday, Detective Superintendent David Meeney said: “We are appealing to anyone who was in the Claremont Road area in the early hours of this morning, who may have seen something that could help us in tracking down the perpetrator(s). We know there had to be witnesses to this offence, as people made their way home from Moss Side Carnival.

“The investigation is in its early stages, but we are committed to identifying the person or persons who committed this horrendous act of violence and bring them to justice. We have increased patrols in the immediate area to keep the community safe and we currently have a scene in place around Claremont Road in Moss Side whilst we examine the scene.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 quoting log number 40 of the 15th August 2022. Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously to the independent charity - Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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