NYE Manchester Victoria train station stabbings considered as terror related incident (Updated)

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UPDATE: The stabbing of three people at Manchester Victoria station on New Year’s Eve is being treated as a terror related incident, police have confirmed.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the attack, which happened shortly before 9pm.

Two knives were recovered at the scene and a property is being searched in the Cheetham Hill area.


British counter-terrorism police are investigating stabbings at Manchester Victoria train station that left three people injured, including a police officer, on New Year’s Eve, the Greater Manchester Police said.

Police were, however, keeping an open mind as there was no intelligence suggesting a wider threat, the Greater Manchester Police said in a statement posted on Twitter. They said a man is in custody and those injured were in a “serious” but not life-threatening condition.

Greater Manchester Police has said there will be an increased presence in and around the station throughout the morning.

The three victims were taken to a nearby hospital in a “serious” condition but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A woman in her 50s suffered injuries to her face and stomach, while a man – also in his 50s – has injuries to his stomach.

A British Transport Police (BTP) officer was treated after he was stabbed in the shoulder, but has since been released.

Sam Clack, a BBC producer, was waiting for a tram when the attack took place. Clack told the Press Association: “I just heard this most blood-curdling scream and looked down the platform. What it looked like was a guy in his 60s with a woman of similar age and another guy all dressed in black.

Manchester Victoria station was closed and Metrolink tram services suspended in the aftermath of the incident.

Reuters / Sky /BBC/ Guardian


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