Knife victim, 30s, fights for life after being stabbed in front of horrified shoppers as police arrest man for attempted murder
- Man in 30s rushed to hospital after stabbing in Wednesbury, West Midlands
- Victim remains in a critical condition after attack which took place at 12.15 today
- A man was arrested on suspicion of carrying out attack around two hours later
A man is fighting for his life after being stabbed in front of horrified shoppers in a busy town centre.
The victim, who is in his 30s, was rushed to hospital after being attacked on Upper High Street, in Wednesbury, West Midlands, at 12.15pm today.
A man was later arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack after he handed himself into a police station around two hours later.
The victim currently remains in a critical condition as doctors battle to save his life.
Police officers stand at the scene after a man in his 30s was stabbed on Upper High Street, in Wednesbury, West Midlands, at 12.15pm today
A cordon is put in place as teams carry out their investigations following the stabbing today
The victim was rushed to hospital and currently remains in a critical condition. Pictured: First aid equipment and shoes are visible on Upper High Street in Wednesbury
Local residents and shop owners said the man was stabbed in front of families doing their shopping in the Black Country town.
One business owner, who did not want to be named, said: ‘The first I heard there were police and ambulances swarming the road.
‘Apparently some lad had his throat cut or was stabbed in the neck. You don’t expect this in broad daylight, kids and families were out. It’s just so shocking.’
Another local resident added: ‘The police locked the area down quickly, there was a huge cordon and an air ambulance so you knew it was serious.
‘To have this happen in a busy town centre like this as people went about their daily business is just horrific.’
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: ‘We’ve arrested a man on suspicion of carrying out a knife attack on another man in Upper High Street, Wednesbury, this afternoon.
‘We were alerted just before 12.15pm to the incident which is believed to be a targeted attack.
‘A man in his 30s has been taken to hospital in a critical condition.
‘At around 2.20pm a man surrendered to one of our police stations and he’s been arrested in connection with the incident.’
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: ‘We were called at 12.18pm to reports of a stabbing in Upper High Street, Wednesbury.
‘Two off-duty ambulance staff together with student paramedics and ambulance training tutors came across the incident and stopped to render aid to the man who had been injured.
West Midlands Police said a man had been arrested a man on suspicion of carrying out a knife attack
A police officer stands at the scene after the man was stabbed in front of shoppers in the busy town centre
The man sustained serious injuries after reportedly been stabbed and received advanced trauma care by the team of medics. Pictured: First aid equipment on the street at the scene of the stabbing
‘Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a critical care paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board were sent to the scene.
‘The man sustained serious injuries after reportedly been stabbed and received advanced trauma care by the team of medics at the scene before being conveyed land ambulance on blue lights to hospital where, on arrival, his condition was described as critical.’
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