Man detained after latest Arndale incident

Police have confirmed that a 26-year-old man has been detained under the Mental Health Act and a woman was injured in an incident at the Arndale Centre on Friday night (18 October).

Shortly before 8.55pm, Greater Manchester Police say they were called to reports of a man with a knife at the shopping centre in Manchester. 

A large emergency response was deployed to ensure the safety of everyone in the local area and police said there was no wider risk to the public.

In an update on Saturday afternoon, police say a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray, and he has since been detained under the Mental Health Act. 

They added that a woman suffered a minor injury and was treated at the scene, but no other injuries have been reported.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and say there will be an increased police presence around the shopping centre in the coming days to provide reassurance to the community. 

It comes after four people were hurt after a man armed with a large knife lunged at shoppers on Friday last week (11 October). A 41-year-old man from the Manchester area was initially arrested on suspicion of serious assault but he was later rearrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism. Police later said he was detained under the Mental Health Act following an assessment by specialist doctors.

Anyone with information regarding this latest incident should speak to an officer in the area or call police on 0161 856 4409 or 101, quoting incident number 2492 of 19/10/2019.

Reports can also be made anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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