Armed police called to 'man with knife' at Manchester shopping centre

A man has been arrested after reports of a man with a knife at the Arndale Centre in Manchester.

Eyewitnesses say staff and members of the public were evacuated as armed police and paramedics rushed to the scene.

It comes just a week after multiple people were stabbed at the same shopping centre.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: ‘There is not believed to be a wider threat to the community.’

The force said there had been no reported injuries and that a man has been taken into custody for questioning.

There will be a large police presence in the area in a bid to reassure members of the public.

The 40-year-old man thought to be behind the attack on Friday last week was detained under the mental health act.

A 59-year-old man received stab wounds to his hand and palm and a 19-year-old woman sustained wounds to her arm and armpit which required surgery.

Another 19-year-old woman suffered a cut to her elbow, a 33-year-old woman received a cut to her stomach and a 43-year-old woman was assessed by medics but appeared uninjured.

All of the victims have since been discharged from hospital.

After the incident, an address in north Manchester was raided as officers tried to ‘fully understand the motives behind the attack’.

Counter-terrorism officers are leading the investigation, although they have confirmed that so far no political, religious or ideological motivation has been uncovered.

Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham said the day after the incident it appeared to be ‘more mental health-related than political or religious motivated’.

The shopping centre is just a few hundred yards from Manchester Arena, where 22 people were killed in May 2017 when Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb following an Ariana Grande concert.

In the city last New Year’s Eve, three people including a police officer were seriously injured when a 25-year-old man launched a knife attack on passers-by.

He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and will face trial in November.

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