Monday, 21 October, 2019

Counter-terror police investigate after stabbings at Manchester shopping centre

Stabbings were reported at the Arndale Shopping centre in the Northern English city of Manchester on Oct 11 2019 'Several people are stabbed' at Manchester's Arndale Centre
Patty Aguilar | 11 October, 2019, 22:11

David Allinson, Centre Director, Manchester Arndale, said: "A serious incident has taken place at Manchester Arndale this morning".

"We do not know the motivation for this bad attack", Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson told reporters.

Police arrested a man on terror charges Friday after a mass stabbing at a shopping centre in Manchester, northwest England, that left five people injured.

Police in the city of Manchester said a man in his 40s who was originally detained on assault charges was arrested on a charge of "the commission, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism".

A Greater Manchester Police statement Greater Manchester Police statement said: "Specialist officers are continuing to respond to an incident at the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester city centre".

Two ambulances and four incident response units from North West Ambulance remain parked outside the Next store, opposite The Printworks.

The shopping centre has been evacuated and trams have stopped operating at Exchange Square outside the main entrance.

Witnesses described scenes of chaos as a large number of police and emergency services descended on the area in the centre of Manchester just before lunchtime.

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

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Freddie Houlder, 22, was at the center when he heard "a load of screams just outside" the shop he was in. Two women, one who is 19 years old, were hospitalized, along with a man in his 50s.

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

GMP have also confirmed five people have been stabbed.

An image sent to the Manchester Evening News appears to show a patient being treated at a Starbucks cafe in the centre.

The Arndale Center was evacuated and authorities said it would remain closed for the rest of the day.

Labour councillor Pat Karney, for Harpurhey and Collyhurst, tweeted: "Armed police on guard". They were there very quickly. We weren't told what was happening.

Mr Jackson said the incident was "bound to bring back memories of the bad events of 2017".

The video, which was posted on social media, has already been retweeted hundreds of times.

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