A triple stabbing in woodland in Stockport is not linked to a nearby high school, detectives have confirmed.
Officers were called to reports of a stabbing in a wooded area off The Fairway in Offerton at around 4.30pm on Tuesday (September 1).
Three people were injured during the broad daylight attack which happened near Castle Hill High School.
Police have now confirmed that a 17-year-old boy, and two men, aged 21 and 22, were detained and taken to hospital.
They remain there with injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening.
A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.
He remains in police custody for questioning.
The incident happened near Castle Hill High School, with a large number of police vehicles parked up outside the school late into the evening.
An air ambulance was also spotted leaving the scene.
Detectives have now confirmed that the stabbing was not linked to the school in any way.
It has been described as ‘isolated’ and there is said to be no risk to the community.
Police are also appealing for anyone with information about the attack to come forward.
Chief Inspector Helen Smith, of GMP’s Stockport district, said: “This incident has left three people in hospital – thankfully, their injuries are not believed to be life threatening and they are all expected to make full recoveries.
“One person is in police custody. Meanwhile, enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
“We know and understand that this incident has caused concern but I would like to use this opportunity to reassure members of the public that we believe: that this was an isolated incident; that we have identified all of those involved and that there is no risk to the community.
“I would also like to stress that this is not in any way linked to the nearby school.
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“Whilst enquiries are ongoing, officers are developing a clear understanding of what happened last night but, as always, I would appeal to anyone with information which may assist us to contact police.
“You can do so via phone, online or via the extra officers who are patrolling the area.
“If you would prefer to share information anonymously, please contact Crimestoppers.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9629 quoting 1969 of 01/09/20 or the independent charity – Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.