Ter­ror ar­rest over shop­ping cen­tre at­tack

The Scotsman - - FRONT PAGE - By AMY WAT­SON news­deskts@scot­man.com

A man who stabbed three peo­ple at Manch­ester’s Arn­dale shop­ping cen­tre has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of ter­ror­ism.

Wit­nesses de­scribed a scene of hor­ror as shop­pers, some with in­juries, sought refuge in stores.

A knife­man who stabbed three peo­ple at a Manch­ester shop­ping cen­tre has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of ter­ror­ism, Greater Manch­ester Po­lice have said.

Po­lice were called to the Arn­dale Cen­tre at 11:15am on Fri­day to re­ports of a stab­bing.

The sus­pect, who is in his 40s, was de­tained and three peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tal with stab in­juries.

Wit­nesses de­scribed a scene of ter­ror as shop­pers, some with in­juries, sought refuge in stores.

Of­fi­cers from Counter Ter­ror­ism Po­lice North West were called in to in­ves­ti­gate, and at around 3:15pm, Greater Manch­ester Po­lice As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Russ Jack­son said the sus­pect had been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of the com­mis­sion, prepa­ra­tion and in­sti­ga­tion of an act of ter­ror­ism.

He added that in­ves­ti­ga­tors did not be­lieve any­one else to be in­volved in the at­tack.

He was first ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of a se­ri­ous as­sault, the force said.

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice ini­tially stated five peo­ple had been in­jured, but later amended the fig­ure to four.

A 19-year-old woman and an­other woman for whom no age was given were both taken to hos­pi­tal with stab in­juries and their con­di­tion was de­scribed as sta­ble by the force.

A man in his 50s was also hos­pi­talised with stab wounds, while a woman in her 40s was treated by paramedics at the scene but was not stabbed.

North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (NWAS) said one pa­tient had suf­fered “se­ri­ous” in­juries.

NWAS tweeted: “We have treated four pa­tients, in­clud­ing one pa­tient with se­ri­ous in­juries, and all have been taken to hos­pi­tal.”

It said that it had been stood down from the in­ci­dent at 1:56pm and thanked the public for “their as­sis­tance and pa­tience” as they treated those who had been hurt.

One 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 Houl­der, 22, from Mar­ket Dray­ton, was in the cen­tre when 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”.

He said he was evac­u­ated sev­eral min­utes later, at which point he saw “a bunch of cur­tains cov­er­ing some­one se­ri­ously in­jured or dead, I don’t know”.

“I def­i­nitely don’t think it was gang vi­o­lence be­cause this guy was go­ing around try­ing to stab ran­dom peo­ple, I be­lieve.”

A mem­ber of the Malone fam­ily, who fre­quently ap­pear on Chan­nel 4’s Gog­gle­box, was also caught up in the in­ci­dent.

Some­one tweeted from the Gog­gle­box Malones’ ac­count that they had been evac­u­ated from the cen­tre.

Mem­bers of the Malone fam­ily to ap­pear on the show are par­ents Julie and Tom Snr and their sons Tom Jr and Shaun.

Tom and Julie Malone also have two other chil­dren and two grand­chil­dren.

One of them posted: “A big thank you to all MCR Arn­dale se­cu­rity and the po­lice who at­tended so quickly x

“Prayers to those that have been hurt, I’m just sat out­side the city cen­tre shak­ing a lit­tle bit and hug­ging my grand­kids.”

“A man was run­ning around with a knife lung­ing at mul­ti­ple peo­ple, one of which came into my store vis­i­bly shaken”

JOR­DAN

Shop worker

Po­lice and am­bu­lances out­side the Arn­dale Cen­tre in Manch­ester where three peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tal with stab in­juries. Left, the Malones from Gog­gle­box – one of the fam­ily was evac­u­ated from the mall

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