LIVE: Knifeman ‘stabbed five random people’ in Arndale attack – court updates

A knife ‘randomly stabbed five people’ in a terrifying attack in the Arndale.

Raphael Chevelleau bought a £1.50 blade from a shop before the mall ransacked, a court heard today.

The 43-year-old, from Blackley, hid the knife in his coat before taking a bus to Shudehill and running around the Arndale and rushing at shoppers.

Prosecutor Andrew Ford QC told Manchester Crown Court: “He entered the Arndale and then entered a private area to change the babies.

“A wrap from a knife was found in a bin. It left the baby changing area and looped around the Arndale Centre.

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“He burst into a run brandishing the knife and randomly stabbed five members of the public.”

Chevelleau, who lived alone, sentenced this afternoon following the attack on the shopping center on October 11, 2019.

He was charged last year with a series of offenses and has since pleaded guilty to three assaults under Section 18 and two attempted assaults under Section 18.

Police were called to reports that people had been stabbed in the center of Arndale on the afternoon of October 11, 2019.

Five people were injured in the rampage which prompted the evacuation of the main shopping center with a huge emergency services presence and a cordon in place.



Armed officers leave the Arndale

Three people – a 19-year-old woman, another woman and a man in his 50s – were stabbed and taken to hospital.

A woman in her 40s was not stabbed, but was examined by paramedics.

Another woman received a “superficial knife wound”.



Police scene outside the Arndale Manchester

Chevelleau is today at Manchester Crown Court, where he will be sentenced.

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