Shop staff rush to aid of day­light stab­bing vic­tim

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Damon.wilkin­son@men-news.co.uk @Da­monWilkin­son6

STAFF at a bak­ers shop wrapped tea tow­els around a stab vic­tim’s wounds af­ter he was knifed in a day­light at­tack.

The man, in his mid 30s, went into Smith’s bak­ers in Castle­ton af­ter be­ing stabbed in the leg on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Work­ers at the 90-yearold bak­ery sat the vic­tim down and dressed his in­juries with tea tow­els un­til the po­lice and paramedics ar­rived.

Stephen Thomas, owner of the 90-year-old busi­ness, was called to the Manch­ester Road shop af­ter the stab­bing.

He said: “What­ever the rea­sons, what­ever the cir­cum­stances of the in­ci­dent the girls did what any good cit­i­zen would do.

“They were knights in shin­ing ar­mour.

“We are just a small busi­ness do­ing what we can.

“But the staff do go the ex­tra mile for us, both for the busi­ness and in so­cial sit­u­a­tions.

“It’s what’s needed in this day and age.”

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the at­tack, which took place just be­fore 2pm.

A GMP spokes­woman said: “Po­lice were called to re­ports of a man who walked into a shop on Manch­ester Road, Castle­ton, with stab wounds to his leg.

“En­quiries are on­go­ing.”

A spokesman for the North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said paramedics were called to the scene at 1.53pm and took a man in his mid 30s to hospi­tal with ‘ma­jor trauma’ in­juries.

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●●Staff at Smith’s bak­ers in Castle­ton wrapped tea tow­els around a stab vic­tim’s leg

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