GMP makes public appeal after ‘violent assault’ in Manchester Arndale

Investigation officers are treating this as a "targeted incident".

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 26th February 2024

Police are appealing to the public for information after a “violent assault” took place inside Manchester Arndale last week.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:30pm last Friday evening (23 February).

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has explained that officers were called to reports of a section 18 assault inside the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester city centre, and when they arrived on the scene promptly after, found that a man had sustained injuries.

The man, who is said to be 19-years-old, was taken to hospital shortly after as a result of his injuries, but according to police, these are not believed to be “life-threatening or life-changing”.

GMP has made a public appeal after a ‘violent assault’ in Manchester Arndale last week / Credit: GMP

A police investigation into the investigation has subsequently begun, and is now proceeding with enquires currently ongoing – which is why GMP has decided to issue an urgent appeal to the public for information, footage, and any potential witnesses.


No arrests have been made at this time, GMP confirmed.

“This was a violent assault that occurred in a public place early Friday evening,” explained Detective Inspector Natalie McDonald in her appeal.


“Thankfully, the victim was not seriously harmed, but we absolutely will not tolerate such violent behaviour and are carrying out extensive enquiries to trace the person responsible and hold them to account.”

DI McDonald confirmed that police are “treating this as a targeted incident”.

She continued: “We are now appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this or who has relevant information, including footage, to share it with the police.”


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Anyone with any information is asked to report it police by calling 0161 856 4436 quoting log number 2750 of 23/02/2024, or alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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