'man suspected of stabbing three people at Manchester Victoria on New Year’s Eve was known to mental health services, according to a source close to the investigation.
“There’s often an underlying mental health problem when someone commits anything of this kind,” the source said. The suspect was not previously known to anti-terror police, they added.
The 25-year-old, from Cheetham Hill in north Manchester, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act on Tuesday night.
Greater Manchester police (GMP) said he had been detained under section three of the act, which allows doctors up to six months to treat a patient in a psychiatric hospital. This can be renewed for a further six months, then annually.
On Wednesday the man’s family released a statement saying they were praying for the three victims – a couple in their 50s and a British Transport Police officer, who was injured as he and colleagues confronted the attacker with stun guns and pepper spray.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were seriously injured, their families and friends,” the statement read.
“We are also eternally grateful for the swift response from the emergency services and the comfort given to those affected by fellow Mancunians and citizens.
“The GMP have informed us that our family member is currently detained under the Mental Health Act and is being treated by specialist medical staff.'
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