Men in­jured as gangs clash in city cen­tre Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion at four lo­ca­tions

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

Ter­ri­fy­ing vi­o­lence erupted in a busy Peter­bor­ough shop­ping cen­tre leav­ing three men se­ri­ously in­jured with knife wounds when two groups clashed. A trail of blood was left through the city cen­tre be­tween the River­gate Cen­tre and Cow­gate fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent on Tues­day af­ter­noon, as shocked shop­pers saw men run­ning after the ter­ri­fy­ing broad day­light at­tack

Po­lice said the in­ci­dent was thought to in­volve two groups of men.

Six men have now been ar­rested by po­lice - three were taken to Thorpe Wood Po­lice Sta­tion on Tues­day night, while a fourth, who needed hospi­tal treat­ment, was taken to the­p­o­lice sta­tion yes­ter­day.

The other two were still in hospi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries yes­ter­day.

Wit­nesses de­scribed see­ing men run­ning from the River­gate Cen­tre, with ar­rests made on the other side of the city cen­tre in Cow­gate a short while later.

Fol­low­ing the ar­rests, Det Insp Andy Tol­ley, lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion for Cam­bridgeshire po­lice, said res­i­dents should be con­fi­dent Peter­bor­ough streets are ‘as safe as ever.’

He said :“Peo­ple should not be wor­ried.

“This was an iso­lated in­ci­dent in­volv­ing two dif­fer­ent groups.

“There does not ap­pear to be any other mem­bers of the pub­lic that were in­volved.

“The streets of Peter­bor­ough are as safe as they ever were. There are no vic­tims that are not re­lated to the groups.

“We are try­ing to get to the bot­tom of what caused it.

“We are look­ing at CCTV at the mo­ment, to see what foot­fall was at the time.

“Some­one will have seen what hap­pened.

“We are con­cen­trat­ing our ef­forts on River­gate.

“We had a call on Went­worth Street, and Cow­gate, but that does not mean there are three separate sites where in­ci­dents hap­pened.

“We know there are blood trails where peo­ple have fled .”

DI Tol­ley said of­fi­cers were still try­ing to un­der­stand the mo­tives for the in­ci­dent.

He said he could not com­ment on re­ports a knife had been found in a bin on Bridge Street near the junc­tion with Went­worth Street - but a stretch of the shop­ping street was cor­doned off by of­fi­cers on Tues­day night.

Much of the blood in River­gate was at the Asda end of the cen­tre - but a trail of blood led along Bridge Street and Went worth Street to Cow gate, where men were ar­rested by of­fi­cers.

A po­lice spokesman also said of­fi­cers were not look­ing for any­one else in con­nec­tion with the at­tack.

A spokesman for the East of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said there had been a flurry of 999 calls at the time of the in­ci­dent re­lat­ing to Went­worth Street and River­gate.

Sev­eral work­ers and shopown­ers in River­gate said they saw peo­ple run­ning through the ar­cade.

One told the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph: “There were two men be­ing chased through by two or three other men.

“There was blood com­ing from the peo­ple who were be­ing chased and you can see it on both sides of the ar­cade.”

The Mag­pas air am­bu­lance was called to the scene at Cow­gate, and wit­nesses in the street re­ported see­ing a num­ber of emer­gency ser­vices ve­hi­cles at the scene at about 4pm.

Three men - who have all since been ar­rested - needed med­i­cal treat­ment at hospi­tal.

Two of the men made their own way to Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

One of those pa­tients suf­fered chest, back and leg in­juries. The other pa­tient suf­fered stom­ach and arm in­juries.

The third pa­tient was treated at the scene by the am­bu­lance ser­vice. He suf­fered arm in­juries. He was taken to hospi­tal by am­bu­lance.

All the men were said to have suf­fered ‘se­ri­ous but not life threat­en­ing in­juries’ in the in­ci­dent.

A pas­sage way lead­ing to the St John’s Am­bu­lance of­fices, was also cor­doned off by po- lice as part of the oper­a­tion - but all the po­lice tape in the city cen­tre had been re­moved yes­ter­day.

Chris Fuller, from the Pawn­bro­kers on Cow­gate, said: “I saw po­lice of­fi­cers grab­bing a man, and shout­ing ‘down, face down’ at him.

“There were three men po­lice were speak­ing to, and one was bleed­ing pro­fusely from his hand.

“When the po­lice were ar­rest­ing the man with the hand in­jury, they got a bag out of their car, which I think was the first aid kit.

“Then the CS I of­fi­cers were here.

“The po­lice were out­side for some time.”

A fe­male worker at an­other busi­ness in Cow­gate, whowas on a break at the time of the in­ci­dent, said: “I heard some shout­ing, and then I saw five po­lice cars and a po­lice van.

“I saw a man in hand­cuffs, and of­fi­cers putting things in ev­i­dence bags.”

An­other man said: “There was a lot of po­lice on the street.

“You do not think you are go­ing to see some­thing like this in Peter­bor­ough.”

Yes­ter­day there was still blood splat­ter on the pave­ment in Cow­gate.

Two of the ar­rested men are from the West Mid­lands, while two are from Peter­bor­ough. A po­lice spokesman was un­able to pro­vide the ages or ad­dresses of the twom­en­who re­main in hospi­tal.

The po­lice spokesman has urged any wit­nesses who have not al­ready con­tacted po­lice to get in touch­with­them- say­ing any in­for­ma­tion could be­cru­cial to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The spokesman said; “The in­ci­dent took place in a busy area of the city and was quite pos­si­bly wit­nessed by a num­ber of peo­ple. We know that some peo­ple who were in the area at the time are yet to come for­ward and we would ap­peal to them to do so.

“Any in­for­ma­tion, no mat­ter how in­signif­i­cant, could prove valu­able as part of our in­ves­ti­ga­tions.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion who has not con­tacted Cam­bridgeshire po­lice should call 101, or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.


The po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volved sev­eral lo­ca­tions in the city cen­tre.

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