Police urgently appeal after two officers were ‘attacked with a knife’ in Old Trafford

Both witnesses and anyone with footage are asked to contact GMP.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 28th July 2023

An urgent appeal has been issued after two police officers were “attacked with a knife” in Old Trafford earlier this week.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is calling on the witnessing public to come forward.

The urgent appeal has been issued after the incident in question – which happened at around 4pm on Wednesday (26 July) – where police became aware of a moped driving erratically, and subsequently attempted to stop the vehicle, before it eventually made off.

Not long after this, the moped was then found by police near the junction of Wood Road and Upper Chorlton Road in South Manchester, where it had been left after having been involved in a road traffic collision.

While the two officers were responding to this incident, another man – who GMP has revealed is, at this time, being treated as “possibly unconnected to collision” – approached the officers, and is reported to have then proceeded to “assault” the two officers with a knife.


A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a serious assault of both officers, GMP confirmed in a statement issued yesterday.

He remains in police custody for questioning.

The scene where two police officers were assaulted with a knife.
The scene where two police officers were assaulted with a knife / Credit: Google Maps

Following the distressing incident, detectives are now appealing for witnesses who were in the vicinity of Wood Road, as well as to anyone who may have any CCTV, doorbell, or dashcam footage, to come forward and aid with ongoing investigations.

Detective Inspector Gary Kelly, who is leading the investigation, started out his appeal by reassuring the public that police believe this is an isolated incident, and they are “confident” there is no wider risk to the community.

He continued: “The officers involved in this unprovoked attack have received injuries, which are thankfully not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.


“[Now that] they have been treated by healthcare professionals, and are being supported by specialist officers, we are trying to establish a timeline of events of the suspects movements, and we are exploring all lines of enquiry to to understand why this incident happened.”

GMP is asking that any witnesses, or anyone with any footage of the incident, get in touch by calling either 0161 856 6063, via 101.

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You can also make reports to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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