Two women were today stabbed as they shopped in Marks & Spencer just hours after lockdown ended and all non-essential stores reopened in England.
A local man, 57, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the attack in Burnley at around 9.30am, Lancashire Police said.
The two victims were rushed to hospital with serious injuries which are ‘not thought to be life threatening at this time.’
The stabbing came as shoppers flocked back to the High Street after the national coronavirus lockdown was lifted and all shops reopened on ‘Wild Wednesday.’
Footage from the scene captured a man in a face mask being detained by officers outside the Marks & Spencer store this morning.
Witnesses claimed one of the women was stabbed in the neck during the attack, but this has not yet been confirmed.
There was also speculation on social media that one of those attacked may have been a Marks & Spencer employee.
Lancashire Police said a knife was recovered from the scene following what is believed to be an ‘isolated incident.’