Three arrested after Manchester city centre stabbing leaves two men with ‘potentially life-threatening’ injuries

GMP has now issued a public appeal for information.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 17th August 2023

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.

A video of the scene on Dale Street taken shortly after by a member of the public / Credit: Supplied

“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.”

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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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