Three people have been stabbed by a man near to Manchester Victoria Station – including a police officer.
Officers from British Transport Police were called to the scene shortly before 9pm this evening following reports of a man with a ‘long knife’.
Two members of the public – a man and a woman – as well as an officer from British Transport Police have been taken to hospital with knife injuries.
Eyewitness Sam Clack tweeted to say: “Just been very close to the most terrifying thing. Man stabbed in Manchester Victoria station on tram platform.
“Feet from me, I was close to jumping on the tracks as attacker had long kitchen knife. Totally shaken. This is seriously messed up.”
Another witness, told the Mirror: “I heard the most bloodcurdling scream I’ve ever heard and turned to see everyone running towards me.
“Some guy told me to run, keep running. All he kept saying was just keep running. I jumped off the tram track and started to run down the tram lines and hid behind some concrete slabs under one of the arches.
“I had no idea what had happened at this point, I was just really scared, I didn’t know if I was going to die.
“Eventually we walked back and I’d heard people were stabbed. It’s so sad, I just can’t understand how people can choose to hurt innocent people in this way.
“I’m in awe of the BTP, as soon as I heard the screaming they were running to the scene to protect everyone. They are heroes!”
In a statement, British Transport Police said: “Officers are attending Manchester Victoria station following reports of a man wielding a knife.
“We received the call at 8.52pm on Monday 31 December.
“A man has been detained and two members of the public, a man and a woman have been taken to hospital with knife injuries.
“A BTP officer is also receiving treatment for a stab wound to the shoulder.
“British Transport Police remain at the scene along with colleagues from Greater Manchester Police and the North West Ambulance Service.”
Victoria Station remains closed and there is a heavy police presence in the area.