Man arrested following assault in Liverpool city centre
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We have arrested a man following an incident in Liverpool City Centre on Thursday 10 June.
At around 12am we received a report that a man had been assaulted on Wood Street, at the side of McCooley’s bar.
Emergency services attended and the man was taken to hospital for two stab wounds to his legs. His injuries are serious but not life-threatening.
Officers conducted CCTV checks at the scene and arrested a 24-year-old man from Liverpool on suspicion of Section 18 Assault.
During the arrest, the man became aggressive towards officers. He was further arrested on suspicion of Section 47 assault of an emergency worker.
One officer suffered a bite wound to the finger and one a bite wound to the shoulder following the assault.
The 24-year-old man was questioned by police and later released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Detectives are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.
Detective Inspector Ben Dyer said: “This would have been an awful attack for anyone to witness and, while we have made one arrest, enquiries remain ongoing.
“If you were in Concert Square or the surrounding area during the early hours of Thursday morning and saw anything or anyone suspicious then please get in touch. Information you hold could be vital to our enquiries.
“After a long and difficult lockdown we want our city centre to be a safe place for all in Merseyside to enjoy and we simply will not tolerate assaults such as this.
“Following several unacceptable, criminal acts of violence in the city centre over the past week we have stepped up high-visibility patrols and we will be using knife arches at busy locations to help keep people safe.
“We will continue to work tirelessly with the public and our partners to prevent violence and remove the scourge of knife crime from our streets.
"Unfortunately, during the incident on Thursday, two Merseyside Police officers were also assaulted. Our officers put their own lives and personal safety on the line every day in order to keep us all safe and they should never have to tolerate or accept physical violence when carrying out their duties.
"I’m sure the vast majority of law-abiding members of the public would agree that assaults on police officers or other emergency workers are totally unacceptable and the arrest shows that this will not be tolerated under any circumstances.”
If you witnessed the incident or have any information, please contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police Contact Centre. You can also call 101 quoting incident reference or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.