Manchester: Boy, 15, stabbed trying to save his mother

Jakub Szymansk died ‘fighting for his family’ after a knifeman attacked his mother Katarzyna Bastek (Image: MEN Media)

Tributes have come for a 15-year-old boy who died trying to save his mother from a knife attack.

Jakub Szymansk has been hailed as a “hero” who died “fighting for his family” after the vicious attack on a home in Manchester.

He was treated for stab wounds at the scene around 9.30pm on Thursday before being rushed to hospital where he died an hour later.

His mother, Katarzyna Bastek, was also seriously injured in the violent attack but is now in hospital in stable condition.

Last night police in Kent arrested a 44-year-old man on suspicion of murder – 250 miles from the scene.

Paying tribute to Jakub, a friend told the Manchester Evening News: “There’s no chance this boy isn’t a hero. Everyone here knew him for being kind and respectful.

“He was quiet, but he was a protector. He fought for his family. He was an amazing person, he was a hero and he should be remembered as one.

The 15-year-old hero named Jakub Szymanski, who was killed trying to save his mother, is said to have stepped in to save his mother, Katarzyna Bastek.

“He was an amazing person, he was a hero and he should be remembered as one” (Image: MEN Media)


Police officers at the scene in Miles Platting (Image: PA)

Detective Chief Inspector Alicia Smith said: “This attack has left a community reeling and a family grappling with what has been an absolutely devastating incident for all involved.

“A teenager with his whole life ahead of him has tragically lost his life and his mother is not only grieving for her son but is recovering from what will no doubt have been very traumatic.

“Our thoughts remain with the family and we are absolutely determined to find out exactly what happened last night.

“Detectives have been working around the clock since this incident was first reported to us and we have now made an arrest which is a huge step forward in giving the family the answers they need.

“Our investigation is ongoing and we’d still like to hear from anyone who has information or has seen anything.”

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