Po­lice cor­don off Perth flats af­ter ‘stab­bing’

LETHAM: Res­i­dents tell of man with blood spurt­ing from his arm af­ter com­mo­tion

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - KIRSTY MCINTOSH km­cin­tosh@the­courier.co.uk

A block of flats in Perth was cor­doned off last night af­ter a man was re­port­edly stabbed in broad day­light.

Res­i­dents in the Ran­noch Road area said the man was seen with “blood spurt­ing from his arm” fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at around 2.30pm on Fri­day.

By early evening, po­lice could still be seen guard­ing the en­trance to a top floor flat.

The com­mon stair­well of the block was cor­doned off but blood vis­i­ble on the steps.

A trail of blood led from the block to a neigh­bour­ing build­ing and car­ried on up to the se­cond floor, streak­ing the walls of the stair­well.

One woman, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied, said she had been forced to tell her young chil­dren that some­one had suf­fered a nose­bleed to avoid scar­ing them.

She said: “Some­one told me that some­one had been stabbed – there was blood all over the street.

“It doesn’t sur­prise me at all. The chil­dren are used to it but I had to tell them it was some­one with a bleed­ing nose.” An­other woman told how she had tried to help the man staunch the flow of blood.

She said: “I tried to help him by giv­ing him a towel. He’d lost a lot of blood – he’s been slashed across the main artery in his arm and blood was spurt­ing ev­ery­where.”

An­other lo­cal man, who did not want to give his name, said he heard a fight had bro­ken out, re­sult­ing in the in­juries.

Po­lice Scot­land re­fused to be drawn on the na­ture of the in­ci­dent, con­firm­ing only that it was “on­go­ing”.

A spokes­woman said: “About 2.30pm to­day Po­lice Scot­land Tay­side Divi­sion at­tended at an ad­dress in Ran­noch Road, Perth, af­ter re­ports of a dis­tur­bance.

“Po­lice can con­firm that one per­son at­tended hos­pi­tal for treat­ment in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent and in­quiries are cur­rently on­go­ing.

“Of­fi­cers are keen to speak to any per­sons who have wit­nessed the in­ci­dent.

“Po­lice Scot­land would like to stress that this was an iso­lated in­ci­dent and that there is no threat to the wider pub­lic.”

Po­lice of­fi­cers stand guard out­side an ad­dress in Perth’s Ran­noch Road fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s in­ci­dent. Pic­ture: Kris Miller.

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