Police are appealing to the public for information after two men were left with “potentially life-threatening” injuries during an incident in Manchester city centre.
After a large police response was spotted by passers-by close to the Northern Quarter early yesterday evening at around 6:30pm, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has now confirmed that officers were responding to reports that two men had been stabbed on Dale Street.
Once emergency services arrived at the scene, the victims – a 20-year-old man and a 30-year-old man – were taken to hospital for treatment of “serious” and “potentially life-threatening injuries” shortly after.
GMP says this is being treated as an isolated incident.
With an investigation currently underway, and a scene still currently believed to be place to help aid police enquiries, GMP has confirmed that three men, all between the ages of 17 and 30, have been arrested on suspicion of assault following the attack.
Although police believe this to be a “targeted incident”, city centre residents, workers, and visitors should expect to see an increased presence of officers in the coming days.
GMP is also calling on the public to come forward with any information, CCTV, mobile, or dashcam footage that may aid in investigations – with Superintendent Phil Spurgeon, of GMP’s City Centre district, explaining in his appeal: “We are treating this as a targeted incident, however there will be an increased uniformed presence in the city centre to aid the investigation and to provide reassurance to members of the public.
“I want to appeal to anyone with information or footage – including CCTV, mobile or dashcam – to share it with the investigation team.
“If you have relevant information, I urge you to report it and help us demonstrate that those who use violence and intimidation have no place on our streets.”
Anyone with any information is asked to report it by calling 101 quoting log number 3244 of 16/8/2023, or doing so via the LiveChat on GMP’s website here.
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Tameside police officers hailed ‘absolute heroes’ after saving the life of a seven-year-old girl
Two Tameside police officers have been hailed as “absolute heroes” after saving the life of a seven-year-old little girl.
It comes after emergency services were called to an address in the Greater Manchester borough of Tameside earlier this week (29 November), and found a young girl who was struggling to breath and coughing up blood after choking on a sweet.
Police Constables Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell, from Greater Manchester Police‘s (GMP) Tameside division, were first on the scene.
To the huge relief of the girl’s parents, who were said to be “understandably distressed” and concerned for her welfare, PC Kincaid jumped straight into action and was able to utilise his first aid training to full effect by going on to successfully dislodge the sweet from the youngster’s throat, and then helping to calm her down before the paramedics arrived.
Whilst PC Kincaid looked after the little girl, PC Blundell did “everything he could” to help the parents remain calm.
Paramedics then took over once they arrived, and the young girl was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Reflecting on the incident, and hailing his officers “absolute heroes”, Superintendent Mike Walsh, from GMP’s Tameside district, said: “PCs Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell acted without hesitation during the incident, and took control of the situation that they were faced with.
“They deserve every credit for staying calm under extreme pressure and for working together as a team and utilising their training to lifesaving effect, and I’m sure the girl’s parents and family will consider them to be absolute heroes.”
“We’re both glad that we were in the right place at the right time,” PC Kincaid added.
“I have a daughter the same age as the little girl who needed our help, and I cannot tell you how much of a relief it was when she started breathing normally and said she was okay after I had managed to dislodge the sweet.