Four arrested after “shocking and brutal” stabbing in Broadheath park – and police think it was a targeted attack

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Four arrests have been made in connection with the “shocking and brutal” stabbing in Broadheath yesterday that left a man with injuries that were described by police as potentially life-changing.

We reported yesterday how a man, thought to be in his early 20s, was stabbed multiple times in Woodstock Park, close to Whitlow Avenue, yesterday afternoon.

Officers were called at around 4.35pm quickly followed by a plethora of emergency response vehicles and an air ambulance.

The victim – who police now say was subject to a targeted attack – is now said to be in a “critical but stable” condition.

Police said the offender is believed to have fled to a property on Craven Drive before being followed by a group of around 10 people, one of whom was armed with an axe. The offender subsequently fled the property and scene.

An adult male and a male in his teens were then arrested on suspicion of a range of offences including public order and possession of an offensive weapon. They both remain in custody for questioning.

We’re awaiting confirmation from police whether these arrests include the suspected perpetrator.

A female in her teens was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit section 18 assault, and she remains in custody for questioning.

In a further incident which police believed was connected with the stabbing, two women were later assaulted by another woman close to Atlantic Retail Park. The two women received minor injuries that did not require hospital treatment.

A 24-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault. She has since been released on bail.

A full investigation has been launched and enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Inspector Nicola Walton of Trafford CID, said: “This was a shocking and brutal assault that took place in broad daylight and has left a young man in hospital in a critical condition. Our thoughts are with him as he receives the urgent medical treatment he needs.

“We believe this assault to have been a targeted attack but we recognise the concern and upset events such as this can have amongst the community. I want to reassure the public we are working at pace to piece together what happened yesterday evening and we have made four arrests so far in connection with it.

“We have also increased high visibility patrols in the area and would appeal to anyone with concerns or information to speak with officers. If you witnessed the assault or have information that could assist our investigation then please contact police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 7587 quoting incident 1930 of 15/06/2021.

Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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