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Counter Terror Officers leading Manchester Victoria stabbing investigation after cop stabbed

Counter terror police are now leading the investigation at Manchester Victoria but are keeping an open mind after three members of the public including a police officers was stabbed.

Police have not confirmed it is terror related & are keeping an open mind.

A police Officer, a man and a woman have been rushed to hospital following a frenzied knife attack at Manchester Victoria Station.

The motive behind the attack is not yet clear, eyewitnesses have said a long knife was used in the frenzied attack.

Police and members of the public overpowered the man before he was arrested.

British Transport Police [BTP] were called to the scene just before 9pm this evening as a man wielding a knife stabbed members of the public. 

Two members of the public, a man and a woman, and a BTP officer were taken to hospital with stab injuries. 

People travelling this evening feared it was a terror attack and were left shaken by the incident. 

Sam Clack A BBC producer witnesses the incident tweeting “Just been very close to the most terrifying thing. Man stabbed in Manchester Victoria station on tram platform.

“Feet from me, I was close to jumping on the tracks as attacker had long kitchen knife. Totally shaken. This is seriously messed up.”

He said the incident was surreal hoping he would never witness anything like that again.

Replying to friends asking after his well-being, Sam said he was “fully shook”. 

“I’m still shaking, The guy was feet from me with a knife in his hand. Never been so scared,” he added. 

BTP said in a statement: “Officers are attending Manchester Victoria station following reports of a man wielding a knife.

“We received the call at 8.52pm on Monday, 31 December.

“A man has been detained and two members of the public, a man and a woman have been taken to hospital with knife injuries. 

“A BTP officer is also receiving treatment for a stab wound to the shoulder.

“British Transport Police remain at the scene along with colleagues from Greater Manchester Police and the North West Ambulance Service.”

Greater Manchester Police have released a statement following the incident.

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