On New Year’s Eve, a woman and two men, including a British Transport Police officer, were injured in a stabbing attack at a Victoria Train Station platform in Manchester, England. The suspected assailant was detained minutes after the attack and is currently in custody as police continue a counter-terrorism investigation.
British Transport Police (BTP) sergeant Lee Valentine, who was injured in the 31 December stabbing attack in Manchester, has admitted that “instinct took over” when he ran towards the assailant.
Valentine said that he and three other BTP officers “had no idea” what they were running towards when they heard screams at a Victoria Train Station platform in Manchester on New Year’s Eve.
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“When we saw the man wielding a knife, instinct took over and we were able to, in company with Travel Safe Officers from Metrolink, successfully detain the male”, Valentine told reporters shortly after being discharged from hospital where he received treatment for a stab wound to his shoulder.
He also specifically praised the “overwhelming” recognition he had received for his decisive role in subduing the attacker.
“My team and I are grateful to everyone who sent in messages of support – it really does mean the world to us”, Valentine pointed out.
BTP’s Chief Constable Paul Crowther, for his part, said that he was “humbled” by the officers’…