Shock after man, 22, is stabbed at popular park
RESIDENTS have expressed their shock after a man was stabbed in a town centre park.
The 22-year-old suffered serious injuries to his leg and hand just before 1am on March 30.
The victim, who is from Macclesfield, was stabbed by a bladed weapon in Victoria Park before being chased by two men along Commercial Road toward the Gas Road underpass.
He was taken by ambulance to hospital where he is being treated after calling for help.
Police believe the victim was known to his attacker.
A 32-year-old man from Macclesfield has been arrested and bailed, pending further enquiries.
A trail of the victim’s blood was still visible days after the attack, which has left a community in shock.
Sue Short, of Buxton Road, takes her children to the park regularly, said: “It’s normally such a lovely place, because the kids can run around so freely.
“To think that someone has been stabbed here is shocking. I wouldn’t have expected that here.”
One resident, whose flat overlooks the park but who didn’t want to be named, said: “After dark you get all sorts there getting up to no good.
“You hear noise and commotion, and the odd fight. It was only a matter of time before something more serious happened.”
Councillor Mick Warren, a former police sergeant, said: “Any sort of violence in a public place is bad but knife crime makes people understandably worried.
“Even though these individuals might be carrying as part of their own group, the fact they are in public with knives is a real concern.
“The police’s stop and search powers are different to my time as a bobby. Suspicion is not enough just to search someone these days and the powers are under a lot of scrutiny.
“This might encourage someone to carry because they know police aren’t going to stop them.”
Det Con Ali Greenwood, of Macclesfield CID, said: “We are currently establishing the circumstances but we would like to reassure the community that this was not a stranger attack. It appears to have been directed at the victim.
“Police are in the area investigating the incident and providing reassurance.
“I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time and saw the incident or has any information to contact me.”
An art collective, Glassball, was recently commissioned by the council to deliver public art to improve the Water’s Green underpass. It proposes installing images from photographs and other visual material creating better sightlines.
Earlier this year Cheshire East Council created a ‘Public Space Protection Order’, which gives the council and police powers to issue £100 on-the-spot fines to anyone taking part in antisocial behaviour including using drugs, legal highs, abusing alcohol, noise nuisance or joyriding.
Public art bid to ‘reclaim’ underpass – see page eight
●● The stabbing happened in Victoria Park
●● Scott Cole