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Manchester emergency: Police rush to incident after reports of stabbing - cordon in place

Manchester incident

Cordon in place in Manchester (Image: MEN)

Police in Manchester are responding to reports of a stabbing near Piccadilly Gardens this afternoon.

A large cordon has been put in place by the police amid the incident.

This cordon is believed to be in place around benches in an area at the bottom of Piccadilly Gardens near the bus station.

A witness told the Manchester Evening News there are "large numbers" of emergency services present and said paramedics had also been called.

A woman told the newspaper: "It looks serious.

"There's an ambulance here and there's a lot of police.

"It looks like someone has been injured.

"There's lots of police officers within this cordoned off area. There's a large cordon and a lot of police in there at the moment."

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) earlier said they were are responding to an "ongoing incident" and officers are "dealing with an assault".

They added officers are trying to establish exactly what happened.

GMP Manchester City Centre tweeted: "Ongoing Incident - We are currently dealing with an assault in Piccadilly Gardens.

"Enquires are ongoing to establish what has happened."

GMP later said in a statement a man in his 20s has been arrested after a woman suffered cuts to her arms.

Officers had earlier rushed to the scene and found a 40-year-old woman with an injury to her forearm which they believe was caused by a glass bottle.

She has been hospital. Her injuries are non-life threatening.

GMP said: "A man in his 20s has been arrested by police after a woman suffered cuts to her arm in Piccadilly Gardens earlier this afternoon.

"Officers were called shortly before 4.55pm today to a report of a woman injured in the city centre.

"A 40-year-old woman was found on police arrival with an injury to her forearm which is believed to have been caused by a glass bottle.

"She has been taken to hospital for treatment for non life-threatening injuries.

"A man in his 20s was detained and taken to custody on suspicion of possession of a bladed article. He is to be questioned by police this evening.

"Enquiries are on-going but officers at this stage believe the victim is known to the offender and there is no wider threat to the public."

Inspector Stephen Griffin of GMP's City of Manchester Central division, added: "I'd like to reassure people that this is believed to have been an isolated incident and that there is no wider threat to the public.

"As ever, our officers are committed to ensuring the safety of the public enjoying our city centre, and I hope they feel reassured that we were able to respond to this incident quickly and detain a man who has been taken to custody.

"An investigation has begun and anyone with information should contact police online or via 101 quoting incident 2097 of 19/04/2021. Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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