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A hero police sergeant who was stabbed as he helped foil a suspected New Year's Eve terror attack said he had no idea what he was running towards. 

Sergeant Lee Valentine was one of three people injured in the knife attack at Manchester Victoria station at about 9pm on Monday.

A 25-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, has been detained under the Mental Health Act and a counter-terrorism investigation is under way.

The man is now 'in a secure medical facility', police said today, as they warned it may be months before a decision is made on whether he can be charged.  

British Transport Police (BTP) Chief Constable Paul Crowther praised the bravery of Sgt Valentine and his colleagues and said they had averted a tragedy of a far greater scale. 

Armed police patrolled Manchester's Piccadilly Station this morning following New Year's Eve's knife attack at the city's Victoria station

Armed police patrolled Manchester's Piccadilly Station this morning following New Year's Eve's knife attack at the city's Victoria station

A terror suspect is pinned down following a New Year's Eve knife attack in Manchester

A terror suspect is pinned down following a New Year's Eve knife attack in Manchester

A video taken on the night of the attack shows the man being put into a police van

A video taken on the night of the attack shows the man being put into a police van

Sgt Valentine, who is recovering at home after suffering a stab wound to his shoulder, said: 'The past 48 hours have been overwhelming.

'My team and I are grateful to everyone who sent in messages of support, it really does mean the world to us.

'We had no idea what we were running towards when we heard the screams on New Year's Eve.

'When we saw the man wielding a knife, instinct took over and we were able to, in company with travel safe officers from Metrolink, successfully detain the male.'

Mr Crowther said Sgt Valentine was 'very lucky'.

'He's got a nasty injury but he could have been much, much worse,' he said. 'He very much feels that it was a team effort and everybody was in this together.

'He got injured in the way he did but I think it's a mark of the man that he constantly wants to emphasise the efforts of all of his team in doing this and I think they did a brilliant job together.'

Sgt Valentine had had been on patrol at the station, nearby the Manchester Arena, along with three colleagues when they confronted the attacker with Tasers and pepper spray. 

The attack happened not far from where a suicide bomber killed 22 at a concert last year

The attack happened not far from where a suicide bomber killed 22 at a concert last year

Counter-terror police are working to establish whether anyone else was involved

Counter-terror police are working to establish whether anyone else was involved

A couple, aged in their 50s, suffered multiple stab wounds, which are serious but not life-threatening, in the 'random' attack.

The suspect was heard to shout 'Allah' and 'Long live the Caliphate' during the incident at the station.

Mr Crowther said: 'My personal view is they

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