Strangeways Prison
Police attended to a brawl outside HMP Manchester AFP/Getty

A brawl outside Manchester's Strangeways prison led to multiple stabbings and three people being taken to hospital, police have said. Armed police and paramedics attended the scene in Bury New Road, outside the prison's car park on Wednesday (30 December).

One of the group suffered a small puncture wound to his torso during the fracas, another man was said to have suffered minor arm injuries after appearing to have been scratched while a third man suffered head injuries.

All three were taken to hospital for treatment - but none of them is thought to have major injuries.

A witness said that a number of them were later seen being arrested. "There were about 15 police cars. There were armed police officers in the middle of the road and they were arresting guys in the middle of the street. There was one man with tape on his head. I don't know what was going on," the Mail Online reported.

Another witness said: "I was just driving down from Deansgate to Bury New Road when I heard loud banging and police cars. I saw one police car go past me really fast, everyone had to move out of the way."

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance service said: "We received a call at 3.42pm that multiple patients had been stabbed. The incident is ongoing."

It is not known if the fight has any connection with an inmate inside the prison.

No-one has been arrested following the incident. Enquiries are ongoing, the Manchester Evening News reported.