Man injured after stabbing in Wigan town centre

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A man has been taken to hospital after reports of a stabbing in Wigan town centre.

The emergency services were called to Bretherton Row, just outside The Brick Project, on Tuesday afternoon.

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A police spokesman said: "Police were called shortly after 12.40pm today to Bretherton Row following reports that a man had been stabbed.

"A man was taken to hospital with an injury to his lower back that's not believed to be life-threatening.

"Enquiries are ongoing."

An ambulance service spokesman confirmed a patient was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary by ambulance for treatment.

The air ambulance was called and landed behind Wigan Youth Zone, but it was not needed.

Staff and volunteers from The Brick Project, which supports people who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crisis, helped the injured man until paramedics arrived.

Louise Green, operations director, said: "An incident happened earlier this afternoon which took place just outside The Brick Project gates.

"Somebody was injured, it appears to have been a stabbing but we can't say for sure.

"Our staff and volunteers assisted with first aid on the victim and rang the police and ambulance, which attended very quickly and took him to hospital."