A man has been stabbed in Atherton.

A 31-year-old was rushed to hospital early this morning to be treated for a stab wound to his arm and is in a serious but stable condition. 

Police were called by the ambulance service to Market Street shortly before 4.15am after reports that a man had been stabbed.

A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attemted murder and is currently in police custody for questioning.

Greater Manchester Police has opened an investigation into the incident.

The shopping street remains closed as forensic investigators continue their enquiries on Market Street and Stanley Street.

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Transport for Greater Manchester has said that the section of street is used by buses only from 10.30am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday and that local diversions have been put in place.

Officers are reviewing CCTV from the time of the stabbing and appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Inspector Graham Clare from GMP’s Wigan borough said: “The victim suffered a very serious injury and my thoughts are with him as he recovers in hospital.

“This is currently being treated as a targeted attack and we have a man in custody, but our investigation does not stop here and officers will be in the area today continuing with enquiries.

“If you saw what happened, or if you witnessed anyone running away from the scene, please get in touch with police as soon as you can.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 7182, alternatively call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.