Three arrested after woman is robbed at knifepoint near Manchester Christmas Markets

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 17th November 2022

Three people have been arrested after a woman was robbed at knifepoint in Manchester city centre yesterday afternoon.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has confirmed that three arrests have been made after a woman was approached at around 4:10pm on yesterday (16 November) on New Cathedral Street in the heart of the city centre – an area which is currently housing part of the annual Manchester Christmas Markets.

After being approached, the woman was then threatened with a knife and had her mobile phone stolen.

Following what was described as a “large and quick response” from GMP’s city centre policing team and armed response unit, it has been confirmed that a man and under-18s were located and arrested.

The three remain in police custody for questioning.


“Thankfully the victim wasn’t seriously injured,” explained Chief Inspector Wignall – of GMP’s City of Manchester Central Division,

“Following a swift response by GMP officers, the suspects were arrested and the phone recovered, [but] personal robbery can have a huge effect on victims so I am pleased we have these men in custody.


“The city centre will become increasingly busy over the coming weeks and we want people to enjoy the Christmas period, so there will be an increased police presence throughout the Christmas period to keep people safe.”

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It comes after GMP confirmed ahead of the Markets starting that it will ensure an “increased visibility of officers” is in place – with additional neighbourhood police officers and PCSOs on duty, as well as plain-clothed officers and firearms officers.

Drones will also be used as “eyes across the city centre”.

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