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Piccadilly Gardens stabbing spree 'was targeted attack on four homeless men', says victim left with 18 stitches

All four victims of a stabbing spree in Piccadilly Gardens were homeless men, one of the victims has said.

Tommy Dennison, 52, claimed in an interview with the Manchester Evening News this morning that he was drinking a cup of coffee outside Primark when a man came up and slashed him across the face with a lock-knife without saying a word.

The offender then stabbed another homeless man sat just metres away.

"He was outside Nero's where the bin is," said Tommy.

"I heard him screaming so I went over to help him.

"I tried to calm him down, he'd been stabbed twice, in the back and shoulder.

"Then I heard more screaming, from the other side of the street.

"There was a commotion, all these people were in the street, phoning police.

"Officers came from everywhere, it was a sea of blue."

Tommy says both the other two victims were also homeless men.

"One has a scar near his eye," he said.

"I saw him in hospital, his face was bad.

"The other guy has 180 stitches.

"[The attacker] was targeting the homeless, he didn't say anything, he just walked up and slashed me."

Although Tommy has had substance abuse problems and lived on the streets for many years, he has recently found accommodation.

He is now recovering at home after having 18 stitches to his face in hospital last night.

"It's sore but I'm OK," he said.

"Everybody will be worried out there.

"I'm off the streets now, I'm trying to turn my life around.

"There's some right evil out there.

"But Manchester is a safe place, it's just now and again there are some incidents."

Greater Manchester Police continues to investigate the stabbing incident and a 30-year-old man is in custody.

City centre spokesman for Manchester Council Pat Karney said on Twitter this morning: "Incident last night was a rough sleeper feuding with other rough sleepers."

Officers confirmed Taser was deployed as he was arrested on suspicion of serious assault at the scene on Market Street.

Eyewitness Mitchell Jemmeh was walking towards Market Street when he saw the incident unfolding in front of him last night.

He told the M.E.N.: "A homeless man was surrounded, he was screaming.

"At first sight I thought it was over money or he was on drugs, then a group of lads shouted to the people surrounding the homeless man: ‘he’s on the tram, he’s here’.

"Everybody on the tram got off leaving this one male on his own on the tram. He was cornered on the end carriage of the tram.

"Then two female PCSOs came running over being cautious telling the surrounding crowd to back off."

"Two or three plain clothes police officers then detained him, he was struggling trying to resist. He was then tasered and taken to the ground.

"As this is happening two other males appear to be stabbed, one was next to the first homeless man.

"He had a wound to the face and was bleeding from the face. The other was on the other side of the tram stop at a bin."

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement last night: " Shortly before 6.20pm this evening, police were called to reports that two people had been stabbed on Market Street.

"Officers attended and a 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of serious assault – a taser was deployed during the arrest.

"Four people have been injured and one has been taken to hospital for treatment.

"This is being treated as an isolated incident and there is not believed to be any wider threat to the public

"Anyone who witnessed the incident or has footage or information is urged to contact police.

"Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 2353 of 12/01/2020, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111."

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/piccadilly-gardens-stabbing-spree-was-17558577

stella Posted on January 16, 2020 09:25

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