A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act after two women were stabbed in a Marks and Spencer store.

A 57-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the attacks in Lancashire on Wednesday morning.

It was the first day non-essential shops reopened after the end of the second national lockdown.

A member of staff in her 40s and a shopper in her 60s suffered stab injuries at the store in St James Street, Burnley, at around 9.30am.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said today the arrested man has been detained for 28 days for an assessment of his mental health.



The incident is not being treated as terrorism and inquiries are continuing, they added.

One woman remains in hospital and the other has since been discharged.

The suspect was detained by members of the public and staff, and a knife was recovered at the scene.

Superintendent Stasia Osiowy said: ‘Our inquiries into this incident are ongoing and I would like to continue to appeal to members of the public who may have seen or filmed this incident, or who have information which could assist, to get in touch with us.

‘Mercifully, while the injuries caused in this incident were serious, they are not life-threatening and the two women involved are continuing to receive the support of specially trained police officers.

‘I would like to stress again this is not being treated as a terrorism incident and we continue to keep an open mind as to motivation of this individual.

‘I would like to thank the community for their understanding and co-operation while we dealt with an incident which clearly had the potential to cause a great deal of concern.

‘We will continue to update people on the course of our investigation as and when we can and there will continue to be extra patrols in the town centre to reassure.’

Anyone with information or video footage is encouraged to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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