The brave British Transport Police Officers who subdued the attacker at Victoria Station in Manchester on New Year’s Eve have been branded as ‘fearless’ by many sections of the mainstream media and high-profile public figures.
Praise has been heaped on the officers as witnesses recounted the events which unfolded in front of them.
One BTP Officer sustained injuries during the unprovoked attack that played out on New Years Eve at Manchester Victoria Station.
Even The Sun has branded the Cops as ‘brave’ – an about turn in relation to some of the headlines which the popular paper has previously run when talking about incidents and stories involving the police.
An update on the Greater Manchester Police website said:
“The 25 year old man detained on 31st 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 Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, took to twitter in order to show his respect to the officers who risked their lives in order to detain the male:
The Prime Minister also took to twitter in order to share her thanks to the response of the emergency services:
A tweet shared on the British Transport Police twitter account confirmed that one of their officers had been injured during the incident:
The official statement released by the British Transport Police regarding the incident confirmed:
‘The British Transport Police (BTP) officer who was injured following a serious incident at Manchester Victoria station, has been discharged from hospital.
‘Shortly before 9pm yesterday (31st Dec) evening, four BTP officers at Victoria station rushed to the Metrolink platforms after hearing a disturbance.
‘When detaining a man, a police sergeant received a stab injury to their shoulder, which is not believed to be serious.’
ACC Sean O’Callaghan from BTP, said:
“I am incredibly proud of the four officers who were immediately on scene last night, detaining a man who was wielding a knife.
“They were fearless, running towards danger and preventing further harm coming to passengers.
“Unfortunately however, one of our police officers suffered a stab injury to their shoulder and we’re all relieved that this is not more serious.
“It is good news that he has now been discharged from hospital, we are all wishing him a speedy recovery.”
“As this incident occurred on Greater Manchester Police jurisdiction, they are now leading this investigation and we doing everything we can to actively support them.
“Understandably, incidents of this nature are likely to cause concern, but I would like to reassure the public they are incredibly rare and we have officers on duty throughout the national rail network.
“In the meantime, we’d ask the public to remain vigilant and report any concerns by texting us discreetly on 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.”
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