A CITYWIDE panic after three middle-aged women were stabbed by a mystery knife man has resulted in the arrest of a Milton Keynes teenager.
The 19-year-old was seized at 11pm on Tuesday and, as the Citizen went to press, was still being interviewed by police.
During the day police had launched extra patrols in the mile-radius area of the unprovoked attacks, sending six officers at any one time to reassure frightened members of the public and give safety advice.
Investigating officer Det Insp Neil Dodds was so concerned that he had urged women not to walk in secluded areas and to stick with friends or family if possible.
The knifeman first struck in the early hours of Monday morning, when a 47-year-old woman was walking along a bridge in the dark at Wandsworth Place, Bradwell Common, near to the YMCA.
It is believed the attacker may have been in hiding and lunged towards her with a knife, stabbing her in the leg so badly that she needed hospital treatment.
Police were still dealing with this attack when hours later, at 8.45am, the alarm was raised again.
A 41-year-old woman had been stabbed, again in the leg, as she walked under a subway on Saxon Gate East on her way to her job at the city centre.
She was also taken to hospital.
Just five hours later came the third attack. This time the woman, who was 57, was on a bicycle, cycling from Conniburrow towards the city centre.
She was stabbed in the arm and left with minor injuries.
A major police hunt was launched and flyers appealing for urgent information were produced within hours to be handed out.
Det Insp Dodds said at the time: “All three attacks were entirely unprovoked and we are treating the incidents extremely seriously.
“Although none of the women have been seriously injured, they have been left distressed and I would appeal to anyone who has seen anyone acting suspiciously to contact us.”