Police hunting two attackers after man stabbed while putting his rubbish out



Police are hunting for two attackers after a man was stabbed while putting his rubbish out.

Officers were called on Saturday with a report a man had been attacked the night before while taking rubbish bags to an alleyway between Boughey Street and Frank Street in Stoke.

Two men had approached the victim, in his 30s, at around 9.50pm and demanded his mobile phone and cash.

After telling them no, they attacked him with a knife. One man stabbed the victim and a struggle ensued before the second fled in the direction of Boughey Street and London Road.

The victim was then able to break free of the first man, who fled off in the same direction. A witness saw the pair cross London Road and run into another alleyway alongside the Past And Present Shop.

Taking himself to the Royal Stoke University Hospital, the victim was treated for a number of facial and hand injuries.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman appealed for any witnesses or anyone with relevant information to get in touch.

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He added: “The victim did not recognise the two men who attacked him.

“He describes the first man who was holding the knife as white, of medium build and aged either in his late teens or early 20s.

“He was about 5ft 8in tall with blond hair and was clean shaven and spoke with a local Potteries accent. He had either a hat or hood on his head and was wearing a black hooded jacket.

“The knife was described as kitchen-style, 12in in length with a black handle and silver blade.

“The second man was again white and aged either in his late teens or early 20s. He was smaller than the first attacker, about 5ft 6in tall and of medium build. He also had a black hooded jacket and had his hood up.

“Anyone who was in the area at the time who saw anything or who may have any useful information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 435 of January 16, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”





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