Neighbours react after two men suffer stab wounds in Derbyshire street

People living in a Derbyshire street were two men suffered stab wounds in an alleged attack have told of their shock and concern. Police were called to High Street in Newhall, near Swadlincote, shortly after 4.45pm yesterday, Monday, March 9. The victims, aged 39 and 33, were taken to hospital for treatment and are expected to make a full recovery, said a police spokesman.

A 52-year-old man from Swadlincote has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and remains in custody. Now neighbours have spoken of their shock and surprise at the incident with one saying she no longer feels safe living in Newhall. One told how she allegedly saw a group of men brawling in the street as she passed in a car with her young child inside.

And she said she no longer felt safe living in Newhall. While others have told of their surprised at learning of the incident as the area was normally quite. One resident, who did not wish to be named, claimed: “I was pulling out of Sainsbury’s Local, at about 5.05pm last night, when I saw about six men fighting in the street, throwing punches at each other, on the corner outside Newhall Pharmacy.

“There was a group of them near a Transit van that was partially blocking the road, and two other men near a pick-up truck parked a little way in front of it. I thought the vehicles may have been involved in a collision.

The road has now reopened

“The larger group were trying to corner one man up against the side of the van, and the other man looked like he was trying to get away, while throwing punches. I didn’t see any weapons – but it was getting dark and I wasn’t close enough to see clearly.”

The woman said she did not get out of the car as she had her child with her. She said: “To be honest, I didn’t feel safe. I had been at the doctors and pharmacy with my child earlier, too.

It makes me shudder to think that if we’d been there 25 minutes later, we would have been caught up in it all. “I felt shocked at seeing a group of grown men brawling in the middle of the road – and even more shocked to learn that there was a stabbing.

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“I’ve lived in Newhall for 40 years and have never seen anything like this. I’ve always felt safe here – but not any more.”

Other residents say they were concerned when they saw and heard the sirens. One resident said: “It is weird because nothing really happens round here, it is quite a quiet place. “What has happened hasn’t bothered me but I think it will scare a lot of people. Quite a lot of people round here are elderly.”

Retired policeman Edward Carr said the news was “very shocking.” The 71-year-old said: “The first I heard of anything was when I saw blue flashing sirens go past and the police started blocking the road off.

Neighbours react after two men suffer stab wounds in Derbyshire streetThe incident happened in High Street, Newhall

“My next door neighbour phoned me up to say he had heard there had been a stabbing. “It’s not the first time this has happened in the area and it’s very shocking.

“Newhall used to be quite a small village now we are one of the largest in the UK.” Others told Burton Live that they were surprised by the double stabbing as it is normally a “quiet area.” One couple who were passing by said: “We heard about the road being closed.

We saw photos on the internet of the closure but you couldn’t see what had happened. There were a lot of police officers round the green electricity box but we didn’t know what they were doing. “It is normally quite quiet here.”

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Another couple were watching television when they heard the sirens through the window.

He said: “We saw three ambulances and two police cars blocking the corner near the pharmacy. All the police would say is there had been an incident. “The next thing we knew is that police were blocking people from going past.

We saw a man with his arm bandaged being taken on a stretcher in to an ambulance. He was sitting up though.” Another resident said: “I was closing my upstairs window when I saw the blue flashing lights. I don’t know what to think but it is so shocking that there was a stabbing.

“My son was coming home but police wouldn’t let him through so he had to park near the park. He heard about it on Facebook. I am just glad they will be okay.”

One man said knife crime had become “rife” and it has got “out of control” and was everywhere now. The resident, who did not want to be named said: “I didn’t know anything about it. I didn’t know the road had closed.

“It is rife. It is happening everywhere now. “Newhall is quite quiet but I am not shocked anymore.

It is unfortunate what has happened but it is mad how knife crime has got out of control.” Police were called by East Midlands Ambulance Service at around 4.45pm yesterday to reports that two men had been injured in High Street, Newhall, close to the Sainsbury’s store and the junction of Orchard Street. Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident, in particular anyone who may have dashcam footage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Derbyshire police by calling 101 and quoting reference number 20*134294.

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