#AceNewsReport – Oct.19: A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act after police were called to the Arndale Centre on Friday night: Greater Manchester Police were alerted to reports of a man with a knife at the shopping centre at around 8.55pm: Members of the public tried to detain the man after he picked up a cutlery set and made threats: The incident happened at the Nando’s restaurant in the shopping centre: A woman suffered a minor injury during and was treated at the scene, police said: A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray and was later detained under the Mental Health Act.
Emergency services and armed police response at the Manchester Arndale Centre (Image: ASP)
Photos and video footage taken at the scene on Friday night showed armed police at entrances to the centre.
A GMP statement released today said: “There will be an increased police presence around the shopping centre in the coming days to provide reassurance to the community.” Arndale staff were also said to be assisting police in keeping the area clear.
North West Ambulance Service said crews were called to the scene at around 9pm, but a spokesman also confirmed there were no casualties or patients taken to hospital:
Trams through Exchange Square were also halted.
A Nando’s spokesperson: “We can confirm there was an incident at Nando’s Manchester Arndale Centre on Friday night: “We are assisting the Police with their investigation and are unable to give any more information at this time.”
The Friday night alert came a week after five people suffered stab injuries in an incident involving a man with a knife at the Arndale Centre last Friday morning.
Anyone with information about the latest incident should speak to an officer in the area or call police on 0161 856 4409 or 101 quoting incident number 2492 of 19/10/2019. Reports can also be made anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsDesk reports ……………Published: Oct.19: 2019: MENnewsdesk.com/
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