Two men were stabbed following an argument outside a downtown bar.
At around 7.35pm police received a report that two men had been stabbed following an altercation outside Yates’ Wine Lodge near Queen Square Bus Station. Emergency services responded and both men were taken to hospital for treatment for stab wounds.
A man told ECHO he saw two men lying on the ground and a group of around 12-15 people huddled around them. He said they were both taken to hospital in separate ambulances.
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Yates employees were also reportedly among those to help the two men who remained lying in the street. The suspect, described as a black man, of thin build and wearing a dark jacket, is said to have fled on foot towards Lime Street station.
An investigation has been launched to locate the suspect and officers remain at the scene in Queen Square while extensive CCTV, witness and forensic investigations are carried out. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information is asked to contact the police.
Road closures are in place in the Queen Square area while investigations are carried out. Detective Inspector Gavin Mulcahy said: ‘We are in the very early stages of an investigation into a knife attack tonight which left two men seriously injured.
“We simply will not tolerate such violence in our city center and I want to reassure everyone that we do not believe there is a wider threat to people in the city center as a result of this incident.
“Our officers are working tirelessly to find the responsible and bring him to justice and the police will remain at the scene this evening to carry out investigations and provide reassurance. The area around Queen Square bus station was reportedly extremely busy at the time of the incident with people coming into town or returning home.
“If you saw anything or anyone suspicious in the area tonight, or captured anything on a dashcam or other devices, please let us know. At this early stage of an investigation like this, any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could provide vital information to our investigation.
“Don’t assume someone else will tell us what could be vital evidence – contact us and tell us what you know, either directly or anonymously. We will never sit idly by and allow not people to carry knives and threaten their safety and others.
“With the help of the public, we can make Merseyside a safer place and I urge anyone with information about tonight’s incident to contact the police.” If you have any information about this incident, please send a direct message to our social media office on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook “Merseyside Police Contact Centre” quoting reference 22000361428.
You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information. Anyone with images can upload them for police viewing via the following link to the NICE website: https://unitedkingdom1cpp-portal.digital-policing.co.uk/merseyside/appeal/stabbing- at-queens-square.