Updated: Tuesday, 7th July 2020 @ 11:04pm

CCTV released: Manchester police deny phone robbery blunder as motive in Kieran Crump-Raiswell murder

CCTV released: Manchester police deny phone robbery blunder as motive in Kieran Crump-Raiswell murder

By Dean Wilkins

The moment before Manchester teenager Kieran Crump-Raiswell was stabbed to death is being released as police try to piece together the crime that left a community horrified.

The 18-year-old gap year student was walking long Upper Chorlton Road at around 2.20pm yesterday and was seen on CCTV passing a nearby bus stop – seconds later he was lying on the ground bleeding to death after a knifeman as young as 16 stabbed him in the chest.

Rumours of motive have circled Kieran’s tragic murder, but officers are keen to dismiss speculation that he was killed in broad daylight for his mobile phone.

Investigators have now released video footage showing Kieran’s last moments, and appealed to the public to disclose information they may have about the attack.

LAST MOMENTS: CCTV captures young Kieran walking before coldblooded killer's attack

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Marsh, from GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: "We have a dedicated team of detectives working to build up a picture of what happened, but at this stage in the investigation there appears to be no obvious motive for killing Kieran, who was simply walking along the street.

“There has been lots of speculation and rumour in the community and by the media about the motives behind Kieran’s murder. There is no evidence to suggest that Kieran was a victim of a robbery or an attempt robbery.

“I want to hear from you if you saw Kieran walking along Upper Chorlton Road on Wednesday afternoon. Did you see him speak to or have any kind of interaction with someone matching the offender’s description?”

Kieran was walking along Upper Chorlton Road towards Manchester city centre. He was wearing an electric blue hooded bubble jacket, dark blue jeans and Nike blue trainers.

He was also carrying a black rucksack with a multi coloured Aztec print and was wearing head phones.

His attacker was seen at the junction of Stamford Road and Upper Chorlton Road, possibly hiding in some bushes.

As Kieran crossed over Stamford Road his attacker walked up behind him, stabbed him and ran off.

Kieran’s attacker is described as a light skinned male, slim build, between 5ft 1in and 5ft 4in tall, he is young in appearance, possibly aged 16 or 17.

He has a short back and sides haircut and was wearing blue jeans and a black v neck jumper with the Versace sign printed on the front and back in red.

"I believe the answers to who did this will lie in the community. Someone will know who was responsible and I implore those people to be courageous and come forward,” DCI Marsh added.

“If it was your brother, son or friend who was killed in this way you would want justice for them.

"However insignificant you think your information may be, it could actually be vital to our investigation."

A post mortem examination has concluded that Kieran died from a stab wound to the chest.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4711 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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