Three people have been injured after reports of a man going on a knife rampage in a small market town.
Two people are in a serious condition, while another has been hurt following the terrifying broad daylight attack in Wigton, Cumbria.
Emergency services were called to the scene just before 2pm to reports of woman and two men being assaulted in two separate locations.
All three were taken to hospital.
Reports on social media suggest they have been stabbed but this has not been confirmed.
A horrified onlooker described seeing a “man drenched in blood”.
They added: “Air ambulance circling overhead, police and ambulance vehicles all over the place.”
The injured woman is believed to have been on holiday in the area with her husband.
A member of staff from a local business tended to the woman who had a cut to her arm or hand.
Another staff member told Mirror Online: “We helped her with the wound. It was a small laceration. She was very calm and on the phone to the police.
“She seemed ok.
“I’m not sure she knew exactly what had happened because it was so quick. From what she believes, the suspect passed her and caught her. She doesn’t think it was deliberate.”
A 52-year-old man has been arrested.
A Cumbria Police spokesman said: “Police are currently dealing with an incident in Wigton.
“A 52-year-old man from has been arrested following an incident where three people were assaulted.
“At 1:50pm it was reported to police that three people were assaulted in Wigton.
“A woman was injured on Church Street.
Two men were also injured on King Street.
“All three are being taken to hospital.
“Police and NWAS are in attendance at the scene.
“We are working quickly to establish the circumstances of what has occurred and who is involved.”
A huge police cordon has also been put in place.
One resident told the News & Star: “We had a message and were told to lock our doors and stay inside, it’s really scary.”
Another, who did not wish to be named, added: “It’s mental, you don’t expect something in a small town like this.”
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