Boy, 17, arrested after two students stabbed outside college campus
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two students were stabbed outside a college campus.
Police were called to the scene at Manchester College at about 11.10am on Thursday.
A 17-year-old boy suffered a stab wound to his chest and an 18-year-old man was stabbed in the back in Chorlton Street in the city centre.
Both are in a stable condition in hospital after they received treatment for their injuries.
A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: "Officers recovered a knife from the scene and a 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He is currently in police custody for questioning.
"Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to come forward."
Detective Inspector Rebecca Boyce added: "We currently have one person in custody but we are still in the early stages of the investigation and need those who witnessed the incident to get in contact with us.
"There were a lot of people in the area at that time so I'm encouraging anyone who has any information, no matter how small, to call police.
"I'd like to re-emphasise that we have a team of highly skilled officers working on this investigation and we are following each line of enquiry extremely seriously."
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 757 of 24/11/16 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Chorlton Street was cordoned off by police between Fairfield Street and Canal Street as investigations took place.
Forensic officers were at the scene and evidence markers could be seen on the pavement outside the college gates.
Lisa O'Loughlin, principal of Manchester College, said: "An incident occurred this morning outside our Shena Simon campus in which two of our students were injured.
"We are currently supporting the police with their inquiries. We have closed Shena Simon campus for the remainder of today and are providing full support to our students and staff at this difficult time."