Emergency services are currently responding to a stabbing incident in Manchester city centre, according to reports.
A large area near Piccadilly Gardens has been cordoned off.
The incident happened next to Morrisons supermarket, with reports saying two people have been injured.
GMP said in a statement: “Police are currently responding to an incident near Piccadilly.
“At around 12.10pm today (Monday 10 February 2020), police were called to reports of an assault on Piccadilly, Manchester City Centre.
“Emergency services are currently in attendance. One man has been taken to hospital with injuries which aren’t believed to be life threatening. Another man is receiving treatment at the scene for minor injuries.
“An investigation is underway although officers are currently treating this as a targeted attack. There is no threat to the wider community. No arrests have been made.
“There are a number of road closures place and members of the public are being asked to avoid the area. Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting 1199 of 10/02/20. Alternatively, the independent charity – Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”
According to the Manchester Evening News, a city centre company issued a warning to its workers to remain inside their building.
The warning states: “an individual has been the victim of stabbing. Please stay within the building until this incident is under control”.
GMP is naming and shaming the areas that are taking the p*ss over lockdown rules
While most people are following the government’s coronavirus measures in a bid to stop the spread of the illness, some people are treating lockdown as a holiday.
Last weekend saw people flocking to parks and beauty spots across the country as the sun shone down on the UK.
Earlier today we reported that a lot of people took the opportunity to throw parties, with Greater Manchester Police called to over a thousand reports of people breaking Covid-19 restrictions.
While the City of Manchester had the highest concentration of call outs, as did the outskirts of the city, every borough had quite a few incidents reported.
Now the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester have been broken down, and the worst areas for ignoring the lockdown rules have been exposed.
GMP has produced a map which breaks it all down, and none of the boroughs come out of this looking particularly good.
On the map, red dots show groups gathering for sporting activities, green shows house parties, brown shows street parties, light blue is outdoor gatherings, and bright pink is anti-social behaviour.
GMP is pleading with people in the region to do better this Bank Holiday weekend, and to follow the social distancing and isolation measures.
Last weekend, April 4th and 5th, saw the police called to 1,132 incidents in total across Greater Manchester.
This included 494 house parties, 166 street parties, 173 park gatherings, 122 group gatherings for sporting activities, and 112 anti-social behaviour cases – shockingly, police say some of the house parties had bouncy castles, fireworks and even DJs.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins warned that while the force didn’t want to take strict measures against people, they will for serious cases – this includes fines and arrests.
GMP is releasing a series of videos to hammer home the point, featuring frontline workers and celebrities, in a bid to make sure people obey lockdown rules over the Bank Holiday.
Please stay inside this weekend everyone, the more we follow these measures the quicker this whole thing will be over. Let’s stay home and help save lives.
Morrisons is now on Deliveroo and you can get groceries in just 30 minutes
Get the essentials without leaving the house.
In some good news today, Morrisons and Deliveroo are teaming up to deliver groceries direct to your front door.
The pairing of the two businesses will help thousands of people receive essential items during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There will be a wide range of 70 grocery items from Morrisons on the Deliveroo app, including necessities such as vegetables, fruit, meat and cupboard essentials.
Over 130 Morrisons stores are participating meaning the new service will cover 1 in 4 households across the country.
And the gleaming beam of hope in it all is that orders are also set to arrive in as little as 30 minutes – much quicker than either the in-store queues or 3-week long waits on most supermarket websites.
The service is prioritising vulnerable customers and families but it is available to all.
The participating stores in Greater Manchester are:
Dukinfield Foundry Street, SK16 5PJ
Hyde Mottram Road, SK14 2NG
Bolton Dawes Street, BL1 1PQ
Bolton Breightmet, BL2 6QT
Stockport Cheadle Heath, SK3 0RJ
Chorlton Cum Hardy Wilbraham Rd, M21 0SD
Poynton, SK12 1JG
Swinton Hall Rd, M27 4BT
Manchester Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1LU
Manchester Grafton Street, M13 9NU
Whitefield Stanley Road, M45 8QH
Oldham Chadderton, OL9 7LD
Failsworth Poplar Street, M35 0HY
Openshaw, M11 1DA
Doctor who warned Prime Minister about lack of PPE dies after catching coronavirus
A doctor who warned Boris Johnson about the lack of PPE has sadly died after contracting coronavirus.
Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury has sadly died after spending 15 days in hospital with the virus, Sky News reports.
Three weeks ago he warned the Prime Minister that health workers needed more PPE urgently.
The doctor took to social media to ask Mr Johnson for more protective equipment for ‘each and every NHS worker in the UK’.
He added that healthcare workers ‘are in direct contact with patients and have a human right like others to live in this world disease-free with our family and children’.
Such tragic news, our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.