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Plea for witnesses after man stabbed in Shipley street
A man is in a serious but stable condition after being stabbed in the stomach during a brawl outside a pub.
The 38-year-old is being treated at Leeds General Infirmary.
Yesterday police tape was tied to the door of the pub in Crag Road. It ran around the corner past two blocks of flats on Owlet Road. Two police officers stood guard.
Detective Inspector Richard Partis, of Airedale and North Bradford CID, said the incident had been captured on a mobile phone and he urged the witness to come forward.
Det Insp Partis said: “We have received information that someone was filming it on a mobile phone as it happened. We appeal for that person to come forward.”
He said the victim, and those accused of attacking him, had been drinking in the pub. An argument erupted outside which turned into a fight, during which the victim was stabbed.
Last night the 38-year-old remained in Leeds General Infirmary. His injuries are serious but not life-threatening.
Det Insp Partis said at this stage it was not known what the argument was about. Police are still searching for the weapon used.
Neighbours reacted with concern and resignation to the assault, which follows the unrelated stabbing of a nine-year-old boy at Windhill’s skate park, next to the pub, in July.
Many who spoke would not be named for fear of reprisal.
A woman in her 70s, who saw the attack from her window, said the fight lasted up to 20 minutes.
She saw the stabbed man walking along Crag Road past a group of men outside the pub.
“He was pushing a hoover towards the phone box. Some of the lads must have said something to him and he put the hoover down and came back,” she said.
“They were all fighting in lumps in the street and outside the pub. It was going on for a while, about 20 minutes or more. We had the door open and saw them all fighting in the middle of the street and shouting and swearing.”
The witness said the pub’s landlady locked the pub door until police and paramedics arrived.
“I saw the boy on the floor,” she said. “I thought at first he had been knocked out. I didn’t realise he had been stabbed.”
On Owlet Road, Donald Constable, 80, said he was concerned.
“It’s only the last few weeks, since that lad was stabbed, it’s not usually like that,” he said.
Further along the road a man, who asked not to be named, said his daughter lived on the other side of Windhill Recreation Ground and although she was married with children he always walked her home.
Another man, who works in the area, said: “It’s scary. It’s concerning, what’s happened within the last few weeks.”
A 64-year-old walking three dogs near the skate park, who lives on Crag Road, said: “The area itself is a lovely area. You couldn’t wish to live anywhere better. It’s just one of those things.”
He said nearby flats used to be home to older residents, but a mix of people lived there now and drug dealing was an issue.
Another resident, who has lived in his flat for around ten years, said he had seen two of the men run across Crag Road and jump over a fence after the fight.
Police have arrested three men, aged 38, 39 and 33, and a woman, aged 38. All are from the Bradford area and were arrested on suspicion of assault. They remained in custody last night.
Coun Vanda Greenwood said: “I can't believe we have had a second incident so soon after the last one.
“I would like to reassure local residents that they are not in any danger. It sounds like this was a pub brawl and the culprits have been arrested thanks again to quick actions of the local police.”
Anyone with information should call Airedale and North Bradford CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.