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Man restrained by public in Sydney after stabbing woman - police

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Published on August 13, 2019 - Duration: 00:56s

Man restrained by public in Sydney after stabbing woman - police

A man armed with a knife was restrained in Sydney's central business district on Tuesday by members of the public after stabbing a woman, police said.

Mia Womersley reports

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Man restrained by public in Sydney after stabbing woman - police

Dramatic footage shows bystanders restraining a man after he stabbed a woman in downtown Sydney on Tuesday (August 12).

Police say the incident appeared to be an unprovoked attack.

And that the man had also tried unsuccessfully to stab other people.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW SOUTH WALES POLICE SUPERINTENDENT, GAVIN WOOD, SAYING: "A number of members of the public actually physically restrained the offender.

And I want to acknowledge those people, those members of the public who got involved, they were brave and I can only use that word seriously.

They were significantly brave people, to approach a person with a mindset of obviously what this person did, with clear evidence of a stabbing perviously, these people are heroes, and I want to acknowledge that.

They are now helping us with our enquiries, as are a number of people, and a number of members of the community." The woman's injuries were not life-threatening and the male offender is in custody.

The event brought the downtown area to a standstill in Australia's largest city.

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