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Suspected terror attack in Arndale Centre Manchester

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:16 pm

Suspected terror attack
Arndale Centre Manchester


At least four people have been injured in a stabbing at the Arndale Centre in Manchester

A man, 41, is being held on suspicion of terror offences after three people were stabbed and a fourth was hurt.

The centre was evacuated after the attack at about 11:15 BST, during which police said a man with a large knife "started lunging and attacking people".

Two police community support officers (PCSOs) tried to confront the attacker before being chased.

Speaking at a press conference, Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson suggested that up to five people were injured in the "random" and "brutal" attack.

"The man attacked people around him," he said.

"Although the injuries are nasty, we are told that, thankfully, none are life-threatening."

In a tweet, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "Shocked by the incident in Manchester and my thoughts are with the injured and all those affected."

ACC Jackson said: "At 11:15 BST this morning, a man entered the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester city centre.

"He was armed with a large knife and, as he entered Exchange Court, began lunging, attacking people with the knife.

"Two unarmed police community support officers were in Exchange Court and attempted to confront the attacker.

"He then chased them with the knife as they were calling for urgent assistance."

Within five minutes armed officers detained the suspect on Market Street outside the centre, he added.

Two women, including a 19-year-old, are in a stable condition in hospital, while a man in his 50s is also being treated in hospital for stab wounds, police said previously.

One patient suffered "serious" injuries, North West Ambulance Service added.

A shop worker, who gave his name only as Jordan, 23, said: "A man was running around with a knife lunging at multiple people, one of which came into my store visibly shaken with a small graze.

"Soon after, security staff told all retail staff to close their doors and move the public to the back of the stores."

Jordan, who has only been working at the centre for a few months, said the attack took place on the ground floor.

Freddie Holder, 22, from Market Drayton, Shropshire, said he heard "a load of screams just outside" the shop he was in.

He said a woman then came into the shop and told others "a guy just ran past the shop and tried to stab me".

"Luckily she had quite a thick jacket - she thought originally it was a fake knife because of how easily it grazed off but police came in and said it was a real knife and she burst into tears," he added.

"I'm still kind of in shock from it, I'm shaking a little bit... all shops had been locked down just for safety.

"The police arrived extremely quickly, which was very lucky."

Social media posts show a large number of officers at the scene and a suspect being Tasered.

An image sent to the Manchester Evening News appears to show a patient being treated at a Starbucks cafe in the centre.

Police originally said five people had been stabbed but have since clarified the number of people hurt.

A GMP spokesperson said: "In these early stages, we are keeping an open mind about the motivation of this terrible incident and the circumstances as we know them.

"Given the location of the incident and its nature officers from Counter Terrorism Police North West are leading the investigation as we determine the circumstances."

There's a helicopter hovering up above and various police cars stationed around, with a large cordon set up close to Selfridges.

This should be a busy Friday afternoon of shopping in Manchester, and there's an eerie atmosphere as the city centre's largest mall was deserted.

People have gathered around watching the police activity, while others seem to be carrying on with their day.

There has been confusion from some as not everyone's been told why the Arndale is closed, particularly on busy Market Street where the centre's doors were closed with no signs put up.

Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester Bev Hughes praised the emergency services.

Labour councillor Pat Karney, for Harpurhey and Collyhurst, tweeted: "Armed police on guard. Shocking scenes right out of a movie but real people with injuries."

David Allinson, centre director of Manchester Arndale, said: "The centre has been evacuated while police investigate the incident.

"We are unable to comment any further as the incident is currently being handled by Greater Manchester Police, who we will continue to support with their investigation."

Councillor Nigel Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said the "incident is under control" and advised people to stay away from the scene to enable the emergence services to carry out their work.

"We would encourage people not to speculate about this incident but to refer to trusted official sources for updates," he added.

GMP tweeted: "A rendezvous point has been established at Piccadilly Gardens, so you will see a large police presence in this area. Please don't be alarmed."

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Re: Suspected terror attack in Arndale Centre Manchester

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:24 pm

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Police have arrested a suspected terror attacker after five people were stabbed by a man who ran around a Manchester shopping centre lunging at people with a knife

Shoppers ran for cover and barricaded themselves into stores after the man swung a blade at random victims, knifing four women and a man near a Starbucks cafe at the city's Arndale Centre.

Two unarmed PCSOs confronted the knifeman before he was cornered by officers with tasers. Witnesses said they saw police take away a '12-inch machete'.

A 41-year-old man from Greater Manchester is now being questioned by anti-terror officers on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism

One shopper described the 'nightmare' of seeing the knifeman plunging his blade into the back of one victim as he walked past Starbucks. Photos of the crime scene showed the tables were overturned and some where covered in blood.

A witness said: 'I heard a woman scream. I span around and saw this guy who had a knife in his hand. It looked like he had stabbed her back. There was blood pouring from her and she just fell to the floor.

'As soon as I saw the knife I just ran as fast as I could and was warning others what happened. Everyone was looking down from the first floor and there was real panic, people screaming.

'The police were there in minutes and then we were evacuated. It was like a nightmare. Like something out of a horror film. It was awful. I can't get that image out of my head.'

Four women, one aged 19, another in her 40s and two others whose ages are unknown, were injured along with a man in his 50s. Two are in a stable condition in hospital but none of their injuries are said to be life-threatening.

Man tasered after four people are stabbed in Manchester

Police arrest a suspected terror attacker after five people were stabbed in a random, marauding attack in Manchester today

The suspect, said to be a 41-year-old British man, was taken away and is now being questioned by anti-terror police

A photo from inside the centre shows police and paramedics outside a Starbucks cafe. A shop worker said the knifeman was 'lunging at people' as he ran past shops

Pictures from the scene show an injured man and two women being wheeled away from the scene, sitting up in stretchers

Pictures from the scene show three conscious victims - two women and a man - being wheeled out of the shopping centre, sitting up on stretchers. The condition of the other two victims is unclear.

A photo from inside the centre shows paramedics and police dealing with a victim at a table outside a Starbucks coffee shop inside the mall.

Shopper Freddie Houlder, 22, was in the centre when he heard 'a load of screams just outside' the store he was in. He said a woman then came into the shop and told others 'a guy just ran past the shop and tried to stab me'.

Mr Houlder added: 'Luckily she had quite a thick jacket - she thought originally it was a fake knife because of how easily it grazed off but police came in and said it was a real knife and she burst into tears. She was so lucky she was wearing a thick jacket... he was running around going for as many people as possible.'

He added: 'I definitely don't think it was gang violence because this guy was going around trying to stab random people, I believe,' he added.

Another store worker caught in the chaos said: 'A man was running around with a knife lunging at multiple people, one of which came into my store visibly shaken with a small graze. Soon after, security staff told all retail staff to close their doors and move the public to the back of the stores.'

Shopper Janet Loudon, 21, said: 'I came out of work and saw a black man shouting racial slurs like 'n****r' and being very hostile towards an Arndale worker, who was also black.

'I carried on walking but saw police run inside the Arndale and heard someone shout 'knife' and another shout 'bomb' – I was frantically looking for my friend.

'That was when I heard that people had been stabbed and everyone was panicking and frantic. We saw a victim slouched between an ATM which was a horrific sight and she was taken away to be helped.'

She added: 'It wasn't clear what the man was saying but he was swearing and telling the public "I'm going to f*** you up" repeatedly and he got more and more agitated. He was pointing at the police and Arndale workers and saying things like "just because I'm a n****".'

Shopper Rachel Vickers, 37, saw the arrest. She said: 'I saw the man on the ground after he'd been arrested. A female officer was holding what looked like a machete in a plastic tube.'

Another shop worker added: 'I saw a policewoman with them holding a footlong knife in a tube – I didn’t see if it had blood on it. It was about 12ins long and looked like a machete.'

Man taken away on stretcher after several stabbed in Manchester

Another woman was among the victims wheeled away surrounded by armed police at around midday today

Forensic experts at the scene tonight. Police said: 'We're working to understand why he committed his awful attack'

Arndale Centre: Greater Manchester Police confirm terrorism arrest

Among all the recent attacks by black males, I wonder why this particular attack by a black person is being classed as a terror attack - perhaps he had a beard

Police told how the knifeman was confronted by two PCSO drew the man away from victims.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said today: 'At 11.15am this morning, a man entered the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester city centre.

'He was armed with a large knife and as he entered Exchange Court began lunging, attacking people with the knife.

'Two unarmed police community support officers were in Exchange Court and attempted to confront the attacker.

'He then chased them with the knife as they were calling for urgent assistance.

'The man attacked people around him and we understand five people were injured by him.

'Although the injuries are nasty, we are told that, thankfully, none are life-threatening.'

Another local tweeted: 'Some fella has just walked in Starbucks in the Arndale and stabbed a load of people apparently. Scary stuff.'

The Arndale Centre is just a few hundred yards from the Manchester Arena and Victoria railway station - both of which have been the scene of recent terror attacks.

Twenty-two people were killed in May 2017 when Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb in the Manchester Arena following an Ariane Grande concert - the youngest victim was just eight years old.

Last New Year's Eve, three people including a police officer were seriously injured after a 25-year-old man launched a knife attack on passers-by.

The suspect was heard to shout 'Allah' and 'Long live the Caliphate' during the incident - he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and his since been detained under the Mental Health Act.

In 1996, the Arndale Centre was damaged in a major bomb attack by the IRA in which a 1,500-kilograms device loaded on a lorry was detonated on Corporation Street.

More than 200 people were injured in the explosion, although there were no fatalities.

Greater Manchester Police have set a wide cordon around the centre as they investigate and armed officers have been drafted in to patrol.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: 'Shocked by the incident in Manchester and my thoughts are with the injured and all those affected. Thank you to our excellent emergency services who responded and who are now investigating what happened.'

Attack will 'bring back memories' of Arena bombing

One of the UK's most deadly terrorist attacks in recent years occurred on May 22 2017 when Salman Abedi detonated a suicide belt at the Manchester Arena.

Assistant chief constable Russ Jackson said today: 'We don’t know the motivation for the attack. It was brutal and extremely frightening for everyone who witnessed it.

'It's bound to bring back memories of 2017. We don’t believe anyone else was involved but we are keeping it under review.

'We'll have increased patrols and armed patrols in the city centre to reassure people.

'We don’t believe there is another threat and we’re hoping to return the city to normal tomorrow morning.

'The response was rapid and the attacker is safely in custody and we're working to understand why he committed his awful attack.'

Police confirmed the victims included three woman, one 19, one in her 40s and another whose age was not given, and a man in his 50s.

The police spokesman added: 'We were called to reports of a multiple stabbing at the Arndale shopping centre at 11.15am earlier today.

'At this stage we believe that four people were injured during the incident – not five as previously reported. We will update as the situation becomes clear.

'A 19-year-old woman– was taken to hospital with stab wounds. Another woman was also taken to hospital with stab injuries. Both their conditions are described as stable.

'A man in his 50s has also been taken to hospital with stab wounds. A fourth victim – a woman in her 40s - who was not stabbed – has been assessed and did not need to go to hospital following assessment by paramedics.

'A man in his 40s – who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of serious assault – remains in custody for questioning.'

Another victim, a woman, presented herself to hospital with non-serious injuries.

One witness was leaving the nearby Football Museum when people were evacuated.

He said: 'There were loads of police and ambulance. Everyone was coming out quite calmly, it seemed quite organised. The trams have stopped outside and no one is being allowed in.'

The shopping centre has been evacuated as emergency services help the wounded and deal with the arrested man.

David Allinson, Centre Director, Manchester Arndale, said: 'A serious incident has taken place at Manchester Arndale this morning. The centre has been evacuated while police investigate the incident.

'We are unable to comment any further as the incident is currently being handled by Greater Manchester Police, who we will continue to support with their investigation.

Bev Hughes, Greater Manchester's deputy mayor for policing, crime and fire, said: 'I want to praise Greater Manchester's emergency services for their swift and professional action. Our thoughts are with the five people injured. The scene has been secured and all emergency services are engaged in ensuring public safety - the investigation is ongoing.'

Emergency services are holding a joint 'Gold' meeting this afternoon.

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