Five people have been injured in a knife attack at the Arndale Centre in Manchester.
The man in his 40s was “lunging and attacking people” with a large knife in the Arndale shopping centre, Police Chief Russ Jackson said.
Three people were stabbed and two others were hurt when a man with a large knife started “lunging and attacking people”, according to police.
Two women — one of them aged 19 — were taken to hospital with stab wounds and were said to be in a stable condition following the attack, which happened shortly after 11am.
A man in his 50s was also being treated while the fourth victim, a woman in her 40s, did not require treatment, police said.
“Although the injuries are nasty, we are told that, thankfully, none are life-threatening.” Jackson added.
He chased two police community support officers (PCSOs) before being detained, the force said.
One witness said they saw a man “running around with a knife lunging at multiple people”, while another described people “screaming and running”.
The centre was put on lockdown as officers confronted the attacker, with some shoppers taking refuge in stores.
Within five minutes suspect initially arrested on suspicion of terror offences, has been detained under the Mental Health Act.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) believe he was acting alone.