Two women were today rushed to hospital after a double stabbing inside a Marks & Spencer store in Burnley.
A local man, 57, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the attack at around 9.30am today, Lancashire Police said.
The two victims were taken to hospital with ‘serious but not threatening’ injuries.
The stabbing came as shoppers flocked back to the High Street after the national coronavirus lockdown was lifted and non-essential shops reopened.
Footage from the scene captured a man in a face mask being detained by officers outside the store in Lancashire this morning.
Witnesses claimed a girl was stabbed in the neck during the attack, but this has not yet been confirmed.
Lancashire Police said a knife was recovered from the scene.
Pictured: A man is arrested outside a Marks & Spencer store in Burnley today after a double stabbing took place inside
A cordon is in place in the area and video from the scene shows a crowd of onlookers gathering near the Charter Walk Shopping Centre.
St James’s Street remains closed in both directions between Brown Street and Hammerton Street in the town following the police incident.
Lancashire Police and the North West Ambulance Service raced to the store near St James’ Street following reports of the double stabbing today.
Officers confirmed nobody else is thought to be involved in the attack but asked anyone with information to get in touch.
A force spokesman said: ‘We were called at about 9.30am today to a report of a stabbing inside the Marks and Spencer store in Burnley.
‘Two women received injuries which are thankfully not thought to be life threatening at this time. They have been taken to hospital for treatment.
Two women were today rushed to hospital after a double stabbing inside a Marks & Spencer store in Burnley. Pictured: The scene
A local man, 57, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the attack at around 9.30am today, Lancashire Police said. Pictured: The scene
‘Police officers were quickly on the scene and a 57-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody.
‘A knife has been recovered.
‘Police enquiries are ongoing but at this stage this is believed to be an isolated incident.
‘Patrols will remain in the area as reassurance through the day. Anyone with information or concerns can approach an officer.’
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 0313 of December 2.