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Tyson Fury says his cousin was stabbed to death and calls for action to deter ‘knife crimes’


“My cousin was murdered last night, stabbed in the neck, this is getting ridiculous, idiots carry knives,” Fury said on social media. “This needs to stop ASAP, the UK government needs to impose tougher penalties for knife crime, it’s a pandemic and you don’t know how bad it is until it’s yours! Life is very precious and it can be taken very quickly enjoy every moment. RIP RICO BURTON may the lord god grant you a good place in heaven. See you soon #onlycowardscarryweapons.”
Police in Manchester, England identified Rico Burton, 31, as the stabbing victim and said two men had been arrested in the case in a press release.

The knife attack happened around 3am on Sunday outside a nightclub in Goose Green, a district of Altrincham in Greater Manchester, police said in the statement.

“When we arrived, we found two men, a 17-year-old man and a 31-year-old man, with stab wounds. They were receiving first aid from members of the public before officers and paramedics handled the scene. Both men were taken to Manchester. Royal Infirmary, where the 31-year-old tragically died,” the statement read.

A 21-year-old man was arrested at the scene and a 20-year-old man was arrested later, police said, adding that both remain in custody.

“We have increased police patrols in the area and tackling knife crime remains a priority for Greater Manchester Police – the devastating effects of which were demonstrated today,” the police statement read. The statement did not refer to Fury’s comments.

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The British government has tried for years to reduce knife crime, which has been called a national crisis.
The government’s Office for National Statistics reported that 49,000 crimes involving knives or sharp objects occurred in England and Wales from March 2021 to March 2022, a 10% increase on the previous year . This is even less than the 55,000 knife crimes reported between March 2019 and March 2020.
Fury, a two-time world heavyweight champion, has said he will retire from professional boxing after beating Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium in London last April.




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