Teenager arrested after stabbing at supermarket car park

A TEENAGER has been arrested after a 19-year-old man was stabbed in the car park of an Ashton-under-Lyne supermarket. 

Emergency services rushed to the scene at around 2.10pm on Wednesday afternoon (February 7) after reports that a man had been stabbed on Dean Street.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police has said a 19-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

Four areas were shut off following the attack as officers carried out forensic enquiries – these were on Dean Street, Wellington Street and Warrington Street in Ashton, and Second Avenue in the Limeside area of Oldham.

A statement released on Thursday afternoon (February 8) said that a 19-year-old man has been arrested in Oldham on suspicion of violent disorder and remains in custody for questioning.

Detectives believe it was ‘an isolated incident’ and a police presence will remain in the area to reassure the community.

Detective Inspector Christopher Dean, of GMP’s Tameside district, said: “We hope that by making this arrest that the community, which has been understandably shocked and unsettled by this incident, will feel reassured that we have a team of detectives who are working round the clock to ensure that the investigation is moving at pace.

“We believe at this time that it was an isolated incident with no threat to the wider public.

“Since the incident, we have ensured there are more officers in the area, both on foot and in vehicles, in uniform and in plain clothes, these officers are here to provide reassurance to the communities they serve.”

The incident is believed to have unfolded in front of stunned shoppers and police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

“Even though we have made an arrest, this is very much an ongoing investigation, and we are appealing to the public to come forward with information,” Detective Inspector Dean added.

“The incident happened just after 2pm, and there would have been people out and about, we are now appealing to anyone who may have seen anything or witnessed any suspicious behaviour to come forward.”

Information, including mobile phone or dash cam footage, can be reported by calling 0161 856 9262 or 101 quoting reference number 1840 of 7/2/2024 or via the police website gmp.police.uk

Alternatively, it can be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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