Shock af­ter man, 22, is stabbed at pop­u­lar park

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

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

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