One arrested and two teens hospitalised after double stabbing in Piccadilly Gardens

Greater Manchester Police have arrested a man following a double stabbing in Piccadilly Gardens last night.

Officers were called to the city centre area around 8.30pm on Thursday evening (1 October) following reports of an assault.

Trams were halted and a cordon was set up as two 19-year-olds were rushed to hospital with knife wounds.

One man was stabbed in the back, whilst the other showed facial injuries.

Their wounds were described as ‘minor’ with both men being sent to the emergency room in ‘stable’ condition.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of Section 18 assault. He remains in police custody for questioning.

Piccadilly Gardens has been the site of several stabbings this year – with multiple attacks in the area at the turn of 2020 prompting the hasty arrangement of crisis meetings.

Police are now appealing for information to learn more about the incident which unfolded on Thursday evening.

Detective Inspector Jen Tattersall, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “This incident has left two people in hospital and we currently have one person in police custody. An investigation is currently ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding this stabbing.

“I would like to reassure the public that we have increased police patrols in the area as detectives carry out their enquiries, and we are treating this as an isolated incident with no further risk to the wider public.

“Piccadilly Gardens is a popular location, therefore we are confident that there are a number of people who may have been in the area at the time and witnessed this incident. If you have any information at all that could help officers to complete their enquiries, do not hesitate to get in touch.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 0161 856 4409, quoting incident number 2675 of 01/10/2020.

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