Manchester stabbing: Station remains closed as injured officer, Report

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Manchester stabbing: Station remains closed as injured officer, Report
Manchester stabbing: Station remains closed as injured officer, Report

Manchester’s Victoria station remains closed this morning after three people, including a police officer, were stabbed on New Year’s Eve.

A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the incident, shortly before 9pm, and he remains in custody for questioning.

Counter terrorism police are leading the investigation and the station remains sealed off. No tram services are running through the Victoria.

All three injured were taken to hospital on Monday night. Police said after the incident that a man and a woman, both in their 50s, were being treated for ‘serious, but not life-threatening’ injuries.

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No updates on their condition have been released this morning, but the British Transport Police (BTP) sergeant, in his 30s, who was also stabbed has since been released from hospital, Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.

Forensics teams worked through the night and were still seen in the station at around 7.30am on Tuesday. Cordons were in place at each entrance, although station staff were being allowed into the building.

A GMP statement issued in the early hours of New Year’s Day said: “The officer injured in a stabbing at Manchester Victoria has been released from hospital.

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“The police sergeant – a man in his 30s – was taken to hospital with a stab wound to his shoulder following the attack at the station. Within minutes, a man was arrested near to Metrolink platforms A and B on suspicion of attempted murder.

“He remains in custody for police questioning.

“Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing are leading on the investigation with support from Greater Manchester Police, British Transport Police and other agencies. You will see more officers in and around the station throughout the morning but this is not as a result of any increased threat. Please follow directions from officers on the ground and speak to them if you have any concerns.”

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British Transport Police confirmed they were first called at 8.52pm to reports of man with a knife.

Two members of the public were taken to hospital with knife injuries and a BTP officer was being treated for a knife wound to the shoulder.

Metrolink tweeted at 7.31am on Tuesday morning: “Due to the ongoing police incident at Victoria Station we are unable to operate any trams through at this time. We apologise for this. Please check the website for updates.”

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