Five people stabbed at shopping centre in Manchester

Cheryl Sanders
October 11, 2019

Greater Manchester Police said two women - one of whom is 19 - are in stable condition after being taken to local hospitals with stab wounds.

Witnesses of Friday's attack described the distress of terrified shoppers sheltering in stores.

In this image taken from mobile phone footage, police arrest a man outside the Arndale Centre in Manchester, England, Friday October 11, 2019, after a stabbing incident at the shopping center that left four people injured.

The suspect was originally detained on assault charges but was later arrested on a charge of "the commission, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism".

A large police cordon has been put in place as police secure the scene and although the centre has been evacuated there are reports of people have been kept inside.

Two police community support officers (PCSOs) tried to confront the attacker before being chased.

"We do not know the motivation for this bad attack".

Mr Greenhalgh said the incident was eventually cleared and he could make his way to work.

Jackson added while the injuries are "nasty", none of them are life-threatening.

She said: "We only knew something was unfolding as loads of people started running towards us, at first shouting "bomb".

"The man attacked people around him and we understand five people were injured by him", Jackson told a press conference. A fourth woman, who was not stabbed, was treated by paramedics on the scene, and was deemed to not require hospital treatment.

"We are on the scene, we are treating four patients", a spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said.

"Soon after, security staff told all retail staff to close their doors and move the public to the back of the stores".

Freddie Houlder, 22, said he was in the centre when he heard "a load of screams" before a woman told him she was almost stabbed.

Houlder added: "Luckily she had quite a thick jacket".

The centre has been evacuated, the BBC said.

A member of the Malone family, who frequently appear on Channel 4's Gogglebox, was also caught up in the incident.

"I'm still kind of in shock from it, I'm shaking a little bit. all shops had been locked down just for safety".

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