Man stabbed after brawl breaks out in park

Church Gardens in Wigan
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A man was stabbed after a brawl broke out in a park.

Emergency services were called to Church Gardens in Wigan town centre just before 10.30pm on Monday, June 24. It followed a report of a group of men fighting.

Police received another call by a member of the public who said a man had been stabbed. Officers and other emergency services attended, and one man in his 20s was found with stab injuries to his shoulder.

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A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said his injuries are not "life-changing or life-threatening". Another man, in his 20s, suffered a superficial injury. Both were taken to hospital.

Three men between the ages of 21 and 25 were arrested at nearby Menes Park on suspicion of Section 18 assault. They all remain in custody for questioning.

Police said from initial enquiries, they believe the fight between a group of men started at 10.05pm on Church Gardens, Wigan. The group reconvened at Menes Park a short time later, at around 10.20pm.

A scene remains in place in Menes Park while investigating officers conduct further enquiries to piece together what happened and local residents will see an increase of policing presence in the area over the coming days.

Detective Chief Inspector Jennifer Reeve of GMP’s Wigan district and senior investigating officer on this case, said: “We are in the early stages of our investigation and we have officers working hard to establish a full timeline of events leading up to the incident yesterday evening.

“We are investigating at pace and have already made three arrests, and from enquiries so far we don’t believe there to be a threat to the wider public.

“We will continue to have a presence in the area over the coming days and I would like to thank the public for their support already, and I’d appeal to anyone to come forwards with information that will allow us to take action to keep our streets safe.

“We are really keen to gather as much information as possible in relation this incident to help us progress our enquiries and would encourage anyone who may have seen anything or have information concerning this to contact us by calling officers directly on 0161 856 7094 or 101 and quoting log 3920 of 24/6/24.

"Alternatively, you can report information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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