Victoria station attack: Suspect detained under mental health act

Date published: 02 January 2019

A couple in their 50s are still being treated in hospital for ‘serious’ injuries following the ‘horrific’ New Year's Eve attack at Manchester Victoria train station.

The Victoria station stabbing suspect has been detained under the mental health act, police announced last night (Tuesday).

The 25-year-old was arrested after three people, including a British Transport Police officer, were injured in a knife attack on New Year's Eve.

The ‘brave’ BTP officer, who is in his 30s and was stabbed in the shoulder, was also hospitalised but has since been released.

The Counter Terrorism investigation remains ongoing.

There is nothing to suggest the involvement of other people in this attack, but confirming this remains a main priority for the investigation.

The search of an address in Cheetham Hill continues.

GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “We are treating this as a terrorist investigation which is being led by counter terrorism officers with support from Greater Manchester Police.

“This detailed work will continue and we are currently searching an address in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester which is believed to be where the man had most recently been living.

“Our work will continue to ensure we get to the full facts of what happened and why it took place.

“I would ask anyone with footage to send it to and if they have any information that might assist the investigation to contact us on 0161 856 3400.”

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