Burnley Council leader councillor Mark Townsend has praised staff and customers for their brave actions during a shocking incident at the town's M&S store.

Shoppers and staff stopped a knifeman and held him until police arrived in the incident at 9.25am on Wednesday inside the high street store where two women were stabbed.

The victims were a member of staff at the store aged in her 40s and a shopper aged in her 60s.

Cllr Townsend said: "All our thoughts are with those injured and caught up in this horrendous incident and we wish them a speedy recovery.

"It seems from reports of the incident that staff and members of the public acted quickly and bravely to contain the suspect and prevent any further violence while police officers rushed to the scene.

"The police have said they are not treating this as a terrorist incident. Hopefully they will be able to quickly establish the facts behind this horrifying attack. I'd ask that anyone with information about the incident get in touch with the police so they can help with their inquiries.

"While this has been a shocking moment for everyone it is an isolated incident."

A 57-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.