A CO-OP shop worker has been stabbed after he tried to chase down an alleged robber at a branch in Whalley Range.
According to a witness, a 46-year-old was stabbed after the store manager ran after the thief, a pool of blood covered the floor as a heavy police presence was seen at the Withington Road store.
An eyewitness said: “There was blood everywhere on the floor. There are a lot of police.”
A nearby cafe owner told the Manchester Evening News: “Someone was stealing something and the manager ran after him.”
The North West Ambulance Service scrambled a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance and took the man to hospital.
A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service said:
We got a call at 7.24am this morning to Withington Road. It was reports that a male had been stabbed.
We sent a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance. We took one patient to hospital.
Police have since said he has been discharged from hospital after suffering “superficial injuries”.
Greater Manchester Police released a statement on Twitter saying:
A spokesman for the Co-op said:
Our thoughts are with a colleague who has been taken to hospital following an incident at our Whalley Range store around 7:30am this morning.
Police are investigating, and we appeal for anyone with information to come forward.”
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said:
Shortly after 7.20am on Friday 19 October 2018, police were called to reports that a man had been stabbed at the Co-op on Withington Road in Whalley Range.
Officers attended and a 46-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment.
No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting incident number 341 of 19/10/2018, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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