Two men were stabbed after an argument outside a bar in the city center.
At about 7:35 p.m., police received a report that two men had been stabbed after an altercation outside Yates’ Wine Lodge, near Queen Square bus station. Emergency services attended and both men were taken to hospital for stab wound treatment.
One man told ECHO that he saw two men lying on the ground and a group of about 12 to 15 people around them. He said they were both taken to hospital in separate ambulances.
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Yates’ staff were also said to have been among the people to help the two men who had been left behind on the street. The suspect, described as a black man, of slim build and wearing a dark coat, is said to have left on foot in the direction of Lime Street station.
An investigation has been launched to locate the suspect and officers remain on the scene in Queen Square while extensive camera, witness and forensic investigations are conducted. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information is asked to contact police.
There are road closures in the Queen Square area while investigations are underway. Detective Inspector Gavin Mulcahy said: “We are in the very early stages of an investigation into a stabbing tonight that left two men seriously injured.
“We simply do not tolerate such violence in our city center and I would like to reassure everyone that we do not believe there is a greater threat to people in the city center after this incident.
“Our officers are working tirelessly to find and bring to justice those responsible and the police will remain on the scene tonight to investigate and provide reassurance. The area around Queen Square bus station is said to have been extremely busy at the time of the incident with people entering the city or traveling home.
“If you saw anything or anyone suspicious in the area tonight, or if you caught anything on dashcam or other devices, please tell us. At this early stage of an investigation like this, any information, however insignificant it may be may seem vital to our research.
“Don’t assume anyone else will tell us about what could be vital evidence – contact us and tell us what you know, directly or anonymously. We will never stand by and allow people to carry knives and ensure safety of themselves and others.
“With the help of the public, we can make Merseyside a safer place and I urge anyone with information about the incident tonight to contact police.” If you have any information regarding this incident, please DM our social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ quoting reference 22000361428.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information. Anyone with footage can upload it for police viewing via the following link to the NICE website: https://unitedkingdom1cpp-portal.digital-policing.co.uk/merseyside/appeal/stabbing-at-queens- square.