Police appeal for witnesses to Parklife Festival attacks

At around 7.30pm last night officers were called into the venue at Heaton Park to assist security personnel after reports that two men had been stabbed during a fight.

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Update: Victims of Parklife Festival attacks still in hospital

Greater Manchester Police have said that two men were stabbed, and another was assaulted during The Parklife Weekender Festival.

The victim of the assault, who suffered serious head injury, remains in a critical condition at Hope Hospital.

One stabbing victim was treated and discharged at the scene, though the other remains in a serious, but stable condition in Manchester Royal Infirmary. Two men were arrested at the scene in relation to the stabbings but were later released with cautions for drug possession.

A third stabbing occurred on Sunday at around 8.30pm near the main stage, where a man was attacked by an unknown male offender wielding a Stanley knife. The victim suffered a large facial injury as a result of the attack.

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Parklife Weekender: We urge festival-goers to help police

The Parklife Weekender have issued a statement after two men were arrested following stabbing incidents at the Parklife Festival at Heaton Park.

The statement reads:

We pride ourselves on a history of Parklife Weekender without any incidents. We regret that an isolated incident has taken place at this year's event, however medics were on the scene within minutes of it taking place.

We will update as soon as we can and we are in constant contact with the medical services and police to help as much as possible.

– Spokesperson, The Parklife Weekender

We urge festival goers to help the police identify the individual involved in the incident and contact them if they have any information at all.

– Spokesperson, The Parklife Weekender

Two people arrested after Parklife Festival stabbings

Police have arrested two men following related stabbing incidents at Parklife Festival at Heaton Park.

At around 7.30pm last night officers were called into the venue to assist security personnel after reports that two men had been stabbed during a fight.

One victim was taken to MRI with serious but non-life threatening injuries and remains in a stable condition at the hospital.The other victim was treated at the on-site medical facility and then discharged by medical staff.

Officers were also called to several other assaults that resulted in three men being injured, but it is unclear whether weapons were used in these attacks at this stage.

'There have been a few isolated incidents at Parklife Weekender Festival which we believe have involved a weapon and have caused to injuries to five men.'

– Chief Inspector Gary Simpson, Greater Manchester Police

Music fans brave the rain for Parklife Festival in Manchester

Fans in coats and wellies at a muddy Heaton Park for Parklife Festival Credit: ITV Granada

Thousands of music lovers have braved the rain for this weekend's Parklife festival in Manchester.

The opening was delayed this morning after a heavy downpour.

Organisers had to clear water from the entrances before opening the gates.

Music fans in ponchos and wellies at Heaton Park Credit: ITV Granada

The weather forecast is not looking much for the rest of the weekend but with Rudimental, Katy B, Annie Mac and Snoop Dogg on stage, no one at the festival seemed to mind too much.

Seventy thousand wellie wearing revellers are expected over the weekend.

Girls in ponchos and shorts for Parklife Festival Credit: ITV Granada

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Heavy rain delays start of Parklife Festival in Manchester

Parklife Festival at Heaton Park Credit: Parklife Weekender

Organisers of Parklife are clearing the entrance sites of water before allowing thousands revellers in.

The opening of the event at Heaton Park, due at 11am, was delayed following a torrential downpour.

More than 2,000 festival-goers have been queuing at three entrances around the site after braving an early deluge.

The majority had come prepared wearing anoraks and wellies in anticipation of thunderstorms which are set to hit the area early this afternoon.

US rapper Snoop Dogg is set to headline the main stage tonight, with tickets for the event having sold out weeks ago.

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