1/01/2019 - Published by

UPDATE Wednesday 2nd January – This is the latest update from GMP, following the initial breaking news of the incident:

The 25 year old man arrested last night (31 December 2018) following the incident at Manchester Victoria Station has been assessed by specialist medical staff and detained under the Mental Health Act.

The Counter Terrorism investigation remains ongoing.

There is nothing to suggest the involvement of other people in this attack, but confirming this remains a main priority for the investigation.

The search of the address in Cheetham Hill continues.


The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation is in contact with the Greater Manchester Police command and Manchester City Council following the incident at Victoria Station Metrolink last night (31 December).

Greater Manchester Police are working closely with British Transport Police, Manchester City Council, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance, Mayors Office and other key partners to provide the necessary post response to the critical incident.

The incident is being led by Counter Terrorism Policing.

The officer injured in a stabbing at Manchester Victoria has been released from hospital. The police sergeant – a man in his 30s – was taken to hospital with a stab wound to his shoulder following the attack at the station.

Within minutes, a man was arrested near to Metrolink platforms A and B on suspicion of attempted murder. He remains in custody for police questioning.

There are more officers in and around the station throughout the morning, but this is not as a result of any increased threat.

Work is underway with a view to getting city transport services operating normally from this morning. Please check Transport for Greater Manchester / Metrolink Website for details before planning any journey. There will be an increased police presence for Victoria and Piccadilly and other transport hubs for the bank holiday and coming days, as people return to work.

It has been a busy night for the public services anyway, and this incident has disrupted transport. It is being widely reported that the attacker made ‘political’ and ‘religious’ statements, and the attack was ‘Islamist’ inspired. This is coming from credible sources, but the Peace Foundation urges that we all support the ongoing investigation to allow the facts to emerge and remain calm.

The Peace Foundation national Survivors Assistance Network and our private Yammer social network are open to those affected by terrorism.  We will carry updates and are available to provide support.