Counter terrorism police launch investigation after three stabbed at Manchester Victoria Station
The incident is being treated as potentially terror related
A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after three people were stabbed on New Year's Eve at Manchester Victoria station. Greater Manchester Police have launched a terror investigation and are treating the incident as potentially terror related.
Reported by Manchester Evening News, two victims in their 50s have been taken to hospital with serious knife injuries, and a British Transport Police officer was treated overnight for a stab wound to the shoulder.
A statement from BTP confirmed the incident occurred around 9pm last night, saying: "Shortly before 9pm yesterday evening, four BTP officers at Victoria station rushed to the Metrolink platforms after hearing a disturbance. When detaining a man, a police sergeant received a stab injury to their shoulder, which is not believed to be serious".
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A statement from ACC Sean O'Callaghan from BTP added: "I am incredibly proud of the four officers who were immediately on scene last night, detaining a man who was wielding a knife. They were fearless, running towards danger and preventing further harm coming to passengers.
"Unfortunately however, one of our police officers suffered a stab injury to their shoulder and we’re all relieved that this is not more serious. It is good news that he has now been discharged from hospital, we are all wishing him a speedy recovery."
Greater Manchester Police have said that Counter Terrorism Police North West are leading the investigation, with a focus on the Cheetham Hill area where the suspect is believed to have been based, but that there was "no intelligence to suggest that there is any wider threat at this time".
Manchester Victoria Station has now reopened after immediate closure last night.