Three people, including a police officer, have been stabbed at Manchester Victoria station – amid reports of a man wielding a knife.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after police were called to the city centre station shortly before 9pm on New Year’s Eve.
Counter-terror police were leading an investigation but the incident is not ongoing and police do not believe there is a wider threat to the public.
The hurt trio were taken to a nearby hospital in a “serious” condition but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
A woman in her 50s suffered injuries to her face and stomach, while a man – also in his 50s – has injuries to his stomach.
A British Transport Police (BTP) officer is being treated after he was stabbed in the shoulder.
Manchester Victoria station has been closed and Metrolink tram services through the station were suspended.
Sam Clack, a BBC producer who works in the city, was on a platform at Manchester Victoria when he witnessed the attack.
He said: “I just heard this most blood curdling scream and looked down the platform.
“What it looked like was a guy in his 60s with a woman of similar age and another guy all dressed in black.
“It looked like they were having a fight, but she was screaming in this blood curdling way. I saw police in high-viz come towards him. He came towards me.
“I looked down and saw he had a kitchen knife with a black handle with a good, 12-inch blade. It was just fear, pure fear.”
Mr Clack said police officers used a Taser and pepper spray before “six or seven” of them jumped on the man.
The fireworks in Albert Square are going ahead despite the incident at Victoria station. There will be increased security. Have a safe and happy New Year.
— Manchester City Council (@ManCityCouncil) December 31, 2018
Greater Manchester Police’s assistant chief constable Rob Potts said: “Tonight’s events will have understandably worried people.
“But I need to stress that the incident is not ongoing, a man is in custody and there is currently no intelligence to suggest that there is any wider threat at this time.
“While we don’t know yet the full circumstances and are keeping an open mind, officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North West are leading on the investigation.
“This is to ensure we have all the expertise available to us and progress our investigation as soon as we possibly can.
“There will be closures in place at the station for some time and officers will be in the area throughout the night.”
A New Year’s fireworks display in the city’s Albert Square still went ahead but with “increased security”.
A BTP spokesperson said officers were called to the scene at 8.52pm following “reports of a man wielding a knife”.