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Two women stabbed at Marks & Spencer in Burnley on ‘Wild Wednesday’

Harriet Brewis
·1-min read
<p>Police arrested a 57-year-old man at the scene</p> (@StevieeeWx/Twitter)

Police arrested a 57-year-old man at the scene

(@StevieeeWx/Twitter)

Two women have been left seriously injured after a stabbing at a Marks & Spencer just hours after all of England’s shops reopened.

A man, in his 50s, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the attack inside the store in Burnley.

The incident occurred the morning after lockdown ended, on what is being dubbed “Wild Wednesday”.

Lancashire Police said in a statement that the two victims were rushed to hospital just after 9.30am.

A force spokesman said: “Two women received injuries which are thankfully not thought to be life threatening at this time. They have been taken to hospital for treatment.

“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 inquiries are ongoing but at this stage this is believed to be an isolated incident."

Social media uses shared footage of the incident on Twitter, as shoppers watched on from behind barriers.

A cordon is in place at the scene and patrols will remain in the area throughout the day, police said.

Members of the public with concerns or information are urged to approach an officer.

Alternatively, anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference “0313 of December 2, 2020”.