Suspected machete attacker detained after people slashed near Liverpool's Anfield stadium

Merseyside Police officers were called to Arkles Lane Credit: Liverpool Echo

A man arrested after a machete attack on four people near Liverpool's Anfield stadium has been detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act.

The 33-year-old suspect was held after officers were called to reports of a man shouting in the street and attacking and slashing people with a weapon, near Arkles Lane, Anfield just after 5.30pm.

A number of people were assaulted, with all the victims being taken to hospital, although none are believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

Merseyside Police say a 48-year-old man suffered injuries to his head, arms and hands, a 20 year-old man suffered injuries to his arms, a 62 year-old woman suffered cuts to her face, neck, body and arms, and a 40 year-old man suffered cuts to his back and arm.

Some people were taken to hospital after the incident

A 33 year-old man, from the area, was arrested on suspicion of four counts of attempted murder, and has now been detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act.

Police say the incident is not believed to be terror-related.

Detective Inspector Neil Dillon said: "While we understand how worrying incidents like this are we don’t believe that it was terror-related and a man is currently detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act as we continue with the investigation."

A man was detained in Stanley Park

DI Dillon added: "I would ask for anyone who was in the area of Priory Road or Ince Avenue yesterday who saw or heard anything and hasn’t already spoken to police to come forward as a matter of urgency."

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 22000587067.