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Teenagers guilty of causing death of Reece Tansey

|News, Violent crime , Youth crime

A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of murdering 15-year-old Reece Tansey in Bolton in May 2021. A 15-year-old boy was found guilty of manslaughter.

In the early hours of 4 May 2021, the three boys arranged to meet following an ongoing dispute. They made their way to Walker Avenue in Great Lever, Bolton, where Reece was stabbed six times at approximately 4.30am. Two witnesses found Reece with stab wounds to his arm and stomach and called emergency services. 

Rebecca Radcliffe for the CPS said: "This is a tragic case whereby a boy lost his life as a result of knife crime.

"The jury were presented with evidence including social media messages between the three of them planning the meeting, along with an image of one of the teenagers holding a bloody knife after the fatal stabbing. After considering all the evidence the jury found one of them guilty of murder and the other guilty of manslaughter.

"This case demonstrates the devastating consequences of carrying and using knives. Our thoughts are very much with the family of Reece and with all those who have been affected by this tragedy."

Notes to editors

  • Rebecca Radcliffe is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West.

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