REPORTS of an alleged stabbing in the Manchester Arndale Shopping centre have circulated, with Greater Manchester Police confirming they have responded to an “incident.”
Here’s the latest on what’s happened.
What happened and has the shopping centre been evacuated?
Four people were injured in a stabbing at a shopping centre in Manchester on October 11.
Dramatic footage from the scene shows police tasering an assailant outside the packed shopping centre in Manchester City centre.
According to the Manchester Evening News, two women were knifed in the hand and a man suffered stab wounds to the back and stomach.
An MEN reporter said he was told that two people were “randomly stabbing” shoppers.
Police have yet to confirm the number of suspects or injured.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “We are currently responding to an incident at the Arndale Shopping Centre in Manchester City Centre.
“Officers are in attendance and early enquiries suggest that several people have been stabbed.
“A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of serious assault. He has been taken to custody for questioning.”
The shopping centre was evacuated, with David Allinson, Centre Director, Manchester Arndale, saying: “A serious incident has taken place at Manchester Arndale this morning.
“The centre has been evacuated while police investigate the incident.
“We are unable to comment any further as the incident is currently being handled by Greater Manchester Police, who we will continue to support with their investigation.”
What happened on October 4?
Cops were called to Arndale shopping centre on the afternoon of October 4, where large groups had gathered outside.
Greater Manchester Police said they dealt with “a large group of youths causing anti-social behaviour towards security staff” on the second floor.
They evacuated the centre and cleared the food court, where the group had gathered.
Witnesses reported mass disruption, with one saying he saw a “riot van, four police cars and an ambulance” outside the Arndale.
Another told the Manchester Evening News they saw pepper spray being used by police, but this has not been confirmed by GMP.
Police arrested two 16-year-old boys on suspicion of public order offences.
Officers have safely dispersed the remainder of the large group of youths and the food court has now been reopened.
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