Police praise brave members of public who 'intervened in Arndale attack'

Police have praised the brave actions of an Arndale worker and a member of the public who tried to stop a terror suspect who stabbed five people in the shopping centre. Officers have also searched a house at an undisclosed location in Manchester where the suspected attacker previously lived. The investigation is now being led by counter terrorism police.

Officers are trying to establish if the man had any political, religious or ideological motivation for the attack, although it’s understood so far nothing has come to light.

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The man’s mental health is being closely considered as a factor in the attack. Police were called to the scene at 11.15am yesterday. The 40-year-old suspect was detained by armed police on Corporation Street.

Armed officers leave the Arndale

After being arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences he was detained under the Mental Health Act.

Three people – a 19-year-old woman, another woman and a man in his 50s – were stabbed before being taken to hospital.

Police praise brave members of public who 'intervened in Arndale attack'Police outside the Arndale following the attack

A woman in her 40s was not stabbed, but was assessed by paramedics.

Police praise brave members of public who 'intervened in Arndale attack'Forensics officers at the scene

Another woman received a ‘superficial knife injury’. This morning Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said: “Police are continuing to investigate the events at Manchester Arndale shopping centre on Friday October 11.

Police praise brave members of public who 'intervened in Arndale attack'

“The man believed to be the attacker has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

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“The investigation will be continued by counter terrorism officers and an open mind is being kept in relation to any motive and of course the man is considered unfit to be kept in custody and has now been transferred to mental health detention. “We know that at least one member of staff from the Arndale and a member of the public intervened in the attack and we would like to praise and thank them for their bravery.”

Greater Manchester’s deputy mayor Bev Hughes said: “There were important contributions from a range of people, but in particular a member of public and a member of the security staff did show enormous bravery in responding to the situation. “Equally, there was a paramedic lady, off duty, who came down and helped the security staff here to support the victim.”

Police praise brave members of public who 'intervened in Arndale attack'Andy Burnham speaking at the Arndale on Saturday morning

Mayor Andy Burnham also praised the ‘outstanding work of Greater Manchester police officers who were on the scene immediately’. He said: “There was an armed response within five minutes, and they were supported by staff here [the Arndale], shop staff, particularly the Arndale Centre security staff who played a role, and also members of the public.

“That says everything about Greater Manchester.

I’d like to praise the professionalism of people, particularly the police and other security and emergency services that were on site immediately.”

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