Three arrested after assault on Deansgate in early hours closes road off to public

The section of the major road was cordoned off due to a "police incident".

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 3rd May 2023

Three people have been arrested after an assault on Deansgate has led to a section of the major road being closed to the public this morning.

Motorists, pedestrians, and commuters making their way through the city centre this morning were met with cordons on Deansgate between Quay Street and St John Street, and were advised to take alternative routes due to what was initially described as a “police incident”.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) took to social media just after 5:40am this morning to notify people of the closure to the section of the major road.

People travelling into the city centre are being advised to “plan your journey” ahead of time.

While people travelling into the city centre this morning have been met with slight delays, according to traffic website INRIX, traffic in the areas surrounding Quay Street and St John Street is said to be “coping well”, the MEN reports.


At the time of the initial TfGM alert that the road was closed, it was simply referred to being due to a “police incident” – with no further confirmation as to the nature of this.

But now, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has released an official statement this morning.


A GMP spokesperson told the MEN: “At around 3:45am this morning (Wednesday 3 May 2023), Greater Manchester Police were called to a report of an assault on Deansgate.

“Three males have been arrested on suspicion of a section 18 assault and one man has been taken to hospital with back and leg injuries.

“Enquiries are still ongoing at this stage.”


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As of 8:37am, TfGM has confirmed on Twitter that cordons have been removed and the incident “has now cleared”, meaning Deansgate is now fully open to the public once again.

Featured Image – The Manc Group