SOUTH Yorkshire Police are receiving support from detectives at Counter Terrorism Policing North East as they investigate the incident in the town centre this morning.

Officers have confirmed that one woman has been arrested and remains in police custody following reports of a stabbing.

Police received numerous calls from around 8.20am reporting a woman was in possession of a knife in the town centre.

One man suffered minor injuries.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Forber said: “We understand that this morning’s incident will have been distressing and shocking for those in the town centre and wider Barnsley communities – rest assured we are working relentlessly to piece together what happened.

“A kitchen knife has been recovered by officers and is being forensically examined.

“At this stage, we are keeping an openmind as to the motivation. The investigation is being led by South Yorkshire Police but we are receiving support from detectives at Counter Terrorism Policing North East. It is not appropriate to speculate further.

“I’d urge anyone who witnessed this morning’s incident to get in touch with officers – if you hold any footage of the incident, we’d be really keen to speak with you as well.

“I’d ask that the public continue to be vigilant and if you see anything that distresses you, or causes you concern, please report it to officers either in person or by calling 101. If a crime is in progress or a life is at risk, call 999 immediately.”

Police have said there will continue to be a high visibility policing presence in the town centre as the investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 246 of September 8 2018.