Detectives investigating two separate incidents in Manchester City Centre have arrested a man.
Shortly before 7.40pm on Sunday 24 February 2019, officers were called near to Morrisons at Piccadilly Gardens. On arrival, officers found a man in his 40s with head injuries after he was hit by a man armed with a bottle.
The victim was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been discharged.
A 23-year-old man was arrested earlier today (Monday 25 February 2019) on suspicion of section 18 assault. He remains in custody for questioning.
Shortly before 10pm last night, police were called to High Street after a man in his 20s was attacked outside the Co-Op.
Four men – armed with a knife – stabbed the man in the back before fleeing the scene. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment but has also since been discharged.
Enquiries are ongoing in relation to both incidents which are not being treated as linked.
Superintendent Chris Hill, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “We have been working round the clock to piece together the circumstances surrounding these incidents which we now believe to be isolated and unconnected.
“We have arrested a man in connection with the first incident and are working to trace the offenders responsible for the attack on the man outside the Co-Op.
“Thankfully both victims have been discharged from hospital and our thoughts remain with them both as they recover at home.
“I would urge anyone with any information or footage of either incident to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”
Anybody with information about the incident should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 2210 of 24/02/19 (outside Morrisons) or 2573 24/02/19 (outside Co-Op), or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.