A DESPERATE manhunt has been launched after four people were stabbed in "random" knife attacks within one week.
Cops have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the stabbings – which all took place in the same area of Cheetham Hill in North Manchester.
All four victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries and are being supported by specialist officers while investigations continue, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.
A top cop insisted on Thursday the force was taking the incidents"very seriously" and said patrols had been stepped up in the area.
Each attack took place in the late evening and early hours around Crumpsall Lane, Seymour Roud, Albyn Avenue, Beckenham Road, and Cheetham Hill Road, less than two miles north of Manchester city centre.
Police released three images of a man they believe could "assist with their investigation".
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DI Michael Russell from Greater Manchester Police said: "We believe these assaults are random attacks and will obviously cause some serious concern to the local community.
"I can assure residents in the area we are taking these incidents very seriously and conducting all lines of enquiry to ensure we find the person responsible.
"We have increased patrols in the local area and will continue to do so, but if you have any concerns at all, please do talk to our local officers for reassurance and guidance as we are continuing to exhaust all available lines of enquiry to ensure we can continue to keep our communities safe."
Anyone with information on the stabbings is asked to call GMP on 0161 856 1146, or ring the non-emergency 101 number.
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Alternatively, the public can use the LiveChat function on the GMP website quoting lob number 3685 of 18/10/22.
Information can also be reported anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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