TRAIL OF BLOOD AFTER STAB TERROR
Men injured as gangs clash in city centre Police investigation at four locations
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.
COWGATE RIVERGATE BRIDGE ST WENTWORTH ST
The police investigation involved several locations in the city centre.