THREE men have been arrested after a young man was stabbed in Bury town centre in the early hours of Sunday morning, police have confirmed.

Officers were called to a ‘disturbance’ on Bolton Street in Bury town centre just after 5 am on March 27.

The incident, which an eyewitness described as a “20-man brawl,” ultimately resulted in a 24-year-old man being stabbed and taken to hospital.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “Emergency services attended, and a 24-year-old male was taken to hospital with a stab wound. He remains in stable condition.

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“Two 23-year-old males and a 34-year-old male were all arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault. “They have been bailed with conditions not to enter the town centre.”

On eyewitness said: “A black car with about five young men in was parked outside when arguments broke out between a few groups of lads.

“Then one of the men got out and grabbed something from the boot and started swinging for people’s heads.

“The black car then raced around the corner when another man jumped out of the car.

“There was a scuffle of people and then the men from the black car jumped into it and drove away and everyone went into a frenzy.”

Another eyewitness said: “One of them was holding a plank of wood. They were all trying to fight each other.”

Amid the chaos, they described how they saw “a guy dropped to the floor.

"He was bleeding everywhere.”

Both said that police were on the scene very quickly, with one describing a “massive police presence,” with an estimated five cars turning up soon after the man collapsed.

The stabbing comes just weeks after Abdikarim Abdalla Ahmed died from stab wounds in an incident that also occurred in Bury town centre on March 11.

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The police spokesperson added: “The investigation is on-going and officers are continuing to follow up a number of lines of enquiry including CCTV checks.

“Anyone with information can report it online or via LiveChat at Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”