Four injured in stabbing attack outside Primark store in Manchester city centre

Police have tasered and arrested a man after four people were injured in a stabbing incident in Manchester city centre.

Officers were deployed to Market Street shortly before 6.20pm to reports that two people had been stabbed and a man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of serious assault.

The 30-year-old suspect was tasered during the arrest, which witnesses said happened outside a Primark store just across from Piccadilly Gardens.

Footage posted on social media showed officers among a large crowd on a Metrolink station platform outside the clothing shop, and numerous police vehicles parked nearby with their lights flashing.

Manchester Evening News reports that a police cordon stretches the entire length of the Market Street tram stop.

Four people have been injured in total, with one taken to hospital for treatment.

Greater Manchester Police said the violence was being treated as an isolated incident.

The force said it was not terror-related and there is not believed to be any wider threat to the general public.

But officers remain at the scene and public transport has been disrupted, with the Metrolink and bus services both affected.

Transport For Greater Manchester tweeted: "Due to a police incident on Market Street in the city centre, there is no through route between Piccadilly Gardens and Fountain Street/High Street. @MCRMetrolink services are affected.

"Please plan ahead if you are travelling in the city tonight."

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 2353 of 12/01/2020. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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