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Beetham Tower: Woman attacked in Manchester Hilton hotel

Hilton Manchester Image copyright Anthony Hilton
Image caption Armed police were guarding the scene outside the hotel

Six people have been arrested after a woman had her neck slashed in a hotel.

Police said the victim managed to flag down officers outside Beetham Tower on Deansgate, Manchester, at about 11:10 BST.

Four men, a woman and a teenage girl have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The victim was taken to hospital with lacerations to her neck but later discharged, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

Cordons are in place outside the Hilton, where three marked police cars remain.

Det Insp Patrick Goodrich said: "Thankfully the woman's injuries were less serious than first thought, but we could easily have been dealing with her death - the thought is terrifying."

GMP also said the attack is not believed to be related to terrorism or thought to be a random act. Armed officers are no longer at the scene.

Image copyright PA
Image caption The hotel is located in the Beetham Tower

The four arrested men are aged 20, 24, 26 and 26, the woman is 20 and the teenage girl is 17.

They are all in custody for questioning and inquiries are ongoing, police said.

A section of pavement opposite the hotel outside the 340 Deansgate office building has also been blocked off.

Anthony Hilton, 32, who works in a nearby letting agents, told the Press Association: "There must have been 15 undercover and normal police cars out in the street.

"Police were running to and fro from the car park and the Hilton hotel."

A spokeswoman for the Hilton said a "serious incident" took place at the hotel.

"The matter is now in the hands of the Greater Manchester Police and we are co-operating fully as they conduct their investigation," she said.

Image caption Medical equipment was seen on the floor opposite the hotel

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