A man has been sectioned after two women suffered knife wounds in Lichfield.
Officers were called to Lichfield Cathedral in Staffordshire before 5pm on Tuesday, after reports that a 34-year-old Burntwood woman had been stabbed in the buttock while in the cathedral building. A 63-year-old local woman also received a slight knife injury to her left arm in a nearby footpath known as The Windings.
A 42-year-old man from the Erdington area of Birmingham was arrested in nearby Bulldog Lane shortly afterwards and sectioned under the Mental Health Act after being taken into custoday at Burton police station.
The women were taken by ambulance to the minor injuries unit at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, where they were treated and later discharged.
Lichfield neighbourhood policing unit commander, Inspector Jon Staite described it as an "isolated incident".
The Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield Cathedral, said: "This was a very distressing incident and we are only too grateful that prompt action by our verging staff and Staffordshire Police prevented it from becoming any worse.
"We extend our best wishes to the two ladies who were injured."