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Police arrest man for Piccadilly Gardens double stabbing after he’s knifed in separate attack two days later

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of assault after a father and son were stabbed in Piccadilly Gardens.

A 42-year-old man and his 17-year-old son were left with serious knife wounds following the “targeted” attack on Monday afternoon.

Police have now arrested an 18-year-old man in hospital over the attack, after he was taken there following a separate incident where he sustained a serious stab wound.

The suspect remains in hospital after he was stabbed in Collyhurst shortly after 8.30pm on Wednesday night.

Police scene in Piccadilly Gardens

It is not clear if the two stabbings are linked.

No arrests have been made in relation to the Collyhurst attack and enquiries are ongoing.

Police have also arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of section 18 assault in connection with Monday’s city centre attack.

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He has been remanded into custody for questioning.

The victim and his son were set upon outside Morrisons at the corner of Oldham Street shortly before 12.10pm on Monday.

Police respond to the stabbing outside Morrison’s in Piccadilly Gardens

Eyewitnesses described them being chased by three attackers who caught up to them and launched a volley of kicks and punches.

At some point in the assault, both were stabbed.

On Tuesday, a family member thanked those who helped the two men at the scene.

Describing their condition, he said: “My dad is worse off he is on life support, my brother is ok.”

A forensic officer is seen at work following Monday’s stabbing

The family have said they do not know why the father and son were the victims of what police described as a “targeted attack.”

Superintendent Chris Hill, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “This incident was an awful attack in broad daylight and our priority thereafter has been to work extensively in trying to identify the offenders.

“While we have made two arrests, our enquires continue for this incident and we are keen to reassure the public that we are working thoroughly to ensure that this investigation results in bringing the culprits to justice.

“We continue to urge members of the public who were around Piccadilly on Monday (10 February 2020) lunchtime to come forward and continue to aid this investigation.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting incident 1199 of 10/02/20.

Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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