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Two women have been stabbed at a Marks & Spencer store just hours after the lockdown ended and shops in England reopened.

Lancashire Police were called to the Burnley store at around 9.30am where they found the two seriously injured women.

Police arrested a 57-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder and he is currently in police custody. A knife has been recovered from the scene.

Footage taken by horrified bystanders at the scene in the St James Street shopping area shows a man being detained outside the shop front door, following what police say is an “isolated incident”.

Both women have been rushed to hospital to be treated for their injuries but they are not believed to be life-threatening.

A cordon is in place at the crime scene, as a crowd of shoppers gathered outside the branch.

The stabbing comes as early morning queues formed at shops on the first day of them being allowed to reopen after England’s second lockdown came to an end at midnight.

A force spokesman said in a statement on Twitter: “We were called at about 9.30am to a report of a stabbing inside the Marks and Spencer store in Burnley.

“Two women received injuries which are thankfully not thought to be life threatening at this time.

“They have been taken to hospital for treatment.

“Police officers were quickly on the scene and a 57-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody.

“A knife has been recovered. Police enquiries are ongoing but at this stage this is believed to be an isolated incident.

“Patrols will remain in the area as reassurance through the day. Anyone with information or concerns can approach an officer.”

Anyone with information or with any video footage is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 0313 of December 2 2020.