Officers were unable to speculate on a motive. These people are nuts. Seriously subdued.
Woman is STABBED ‘in the neck’ and another is seriously injured by knifeman while shopping in Marks & Spencer on ‘Wild Wednesday’ as stores reopen for first time after lockdown
Victims rushed to hospital after stabbing inside Marks & Spencer in Burnley
Injuries described as ‘serious but not life threatening’ after the incident today
Lancashire Police arrested a local man on suspicion of attempted murder
By Faith Ridler For Mailonline, 2 December 2020 | 2 December 2020
Two women were today stabbed as they shopped in Marks & Spencer just hours after lockdown ended and all non-essential stores reopened in England.
A local man, 57, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the attack in Burnley at around 9.30am, Lancashire Police said.
The two victims were rushed to hospital with serious injuries which are ‘not thought to be life threatening at this time.’
The stabbing came as shoppers flocked back to the High Street after the national coronavirus lockdown was lifted and all shops reopened on ‘Wild Wednesday.’
Footage from the scene captured a man in a face mask being detained by officers outside the Marks & Spencer store this morning.
Witnesses claimed one of the women was stabbed in the neck during the attack, but this has not yet been confirmed.
Pictured: A man is arrested outside a Marks & Spencer store in Burnley today after a double stabbing
Footage from the scene captured a man in a face mask being detained by officers outside the store in Lancashire this morning. Pictured: The scene today
Carl Stredder, who was shopping in Burnley with his wife, said he heard shouting coming from inside Marks & Spencer when he stopped to withdraw cash nearby.
He described seeing a man ‘holding down’ another before police and paramedics swarmed the scene.
‘Within a couple of minutes, the police had arrived. There were six or seven police cars, sirens all over the place,’ he told the BBC.
‘Then within another five or so minutes, an ambulance came. It was apparent by then that some sort of major incident had occurred.’
A cordon remains in place in the area and video from the scene shows a crowd of onlookers gathering near the Charter Walk Shopping Centre.
Lancashire Police and the North West Ambulance Service raced to the store near St James’ Street following reports of the double stabbing today.
Officers were unable to speculate on a motive for the attack but confirmed nobody else is thought to be involved.
A force spokesman said: ‘We were called at about 9.30am today to a report of a stabbing inside the Marks and Spencer store in Burnley.
Two women were today rushed to hospital with ‘serious but not threatening’ injuries following what is believed to be an ‘isolated incident’ in Burnley. Pictured: The scene
A local man, 57, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the attack at around 9.30am today, Lancashire Police said. Pictured: The scene
‘Police officers were quickly on the scene and a 57-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody.
‘A knife has been recovered.
‘Police enquiries are ongoing but at this stage this is believed to be an isolated incident.
‘Patrols will remain in the area as reassurance through the day. Anyone with information or concerns can approach an officer.’
The force added: ‘We would kindly ask that you don’t speculate about the motivation behind the incident.
‘This will form part of our enquiries and we will continue to update you as and when we are able.’
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 0313 of December 2.