London: British police arrested a woman for attempted murder Saturday after reports that she chased a man through a shopping district with a large knife before stabbing him.
âA 28-year-old woman arrested this morning on suspicion of attempted murder remains in police custody,â police said after the incident in the northern English city of Barnsley.
âThe woman is currently being assessed from a mental health perspective.â
One man suffered minor injuries in the attack.
Britain is on high alert after a string of deadly terror attacks, many involving knives, and the incident raised fears of terrorism.
Assistant chief constable Tim Forber of South Yorkshire Police earlier said officers were âkeeping an open mind as to the motivationâ.
He said his force was âreceiving supportâ from a local counter-terrorism unit.
Market stall holder Terry Ellis told AFP he saw a woman with a âbig knife, (measuring) about 12 inchesâ (30.5cm) running after a man and shouting âkill, kill, killâ.
Another trader, Abdul Razak, added: âThis lady followed this man saying Iâll kill you, Iâll kill you.â
Other local traders said the stabbing, initially declared by police as a âserious incidentâ, caused the covered market and other parts of the town centre to be âlocked downâ.
Police were alerted at around 8.20am (0720 GMT), and recovered a kitchen knife at the scene.
Forber called on any witnesses to come forward, but urged locals to remain calm.
âWe understand that this morningâs incident will have been distressing and shocking for those in the town centre and wider Barnsley communities,â he said.
âRest assured we are working relentlessly to piece together what happened.â
Several crime scenes have been established and police said they would stay in the area until there was more clarity about what happened.
Earlier the Facebook page of Barnsley Mayday Green Market reported that âthis market and most of the town centre is in lockdownâ, before later declaring it had received the all-clear.