Manchester Christmas Markets: three people arrested after woman robbed at knifepoint near the markets

Armed police swooped when a woman had her mobile phone taken after being threatened with a blade on New Cathedral Street.

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Police have arrested three people after a woman was robbed at knifepoint close to the Manchester Christmas Markets.

The woman was approached by the trio at around 4.10pm on Wednesday (16 November) on New Cathedral Street in the city centre. She was threatened with a knife and had her mobile phone stolen. The incident prompted a large response from Greater Manchester Police (GMP), including armed officers being sent to the area. A man and two juveniles were found and arrested. Police said on Thursday morning (17 November) that they were still in custody for questioning.

The police force has praised the rapid response from officers to the robbery and said the public will see a large police presence around Manchester city centre during the festive period.

Chief Inspector Adam Wignall, of GMP’s City of Manchester Central Division, said: “Thankfully the victim wasn’t seriously injured and following a swift response by GMP officers, the suspects were arrested and the phone recovered.

“Personal robbery can have a huge effect on victims so I am pleased we have these three men in custody.

“The city centre will become increasingly busy over the coming weeks and we want people to enjoy the Christmas period, so there will be an increased police presence throughout the Christmas period to keep people safe.”