Man stabbed during gang attack in town centre - victims used their belts in defence

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A man was stabbed in a fight in Bedford in the early hours of Saturday morning and police are appealing for witnesses.

If you were around at about 3.45am-4.15am on St Peter’s Street, police would like to hear from you.

Detectives are investigating an incident where a young man was stabbed in fight outside The Vibe club in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The man, aged 20, and his friend, were attacked by a group of young black men, apparently with knives.

Both victims fought back, using their belts as makeshift weapons and swinging them at the other group.

Police arrived on the scene very quickly as the victim had not realised he had been stabbed twice in the upper body and an ambulance was called by the officers who found him.

He was taken to hospital and needed his chest draining.

His friend, aged 19, received less serious wounds to his arm.

Luckily neither set of injuries are now life-threatening.

Det Con Claire Case, of Bedford CID, said: “This incident started on St Peter’s Street but spilled quite a long way down the High Street, where it was very busy.

“There were a lot of people around, so we’d like to hear from anyone who saw any of this incident.

“While we are obviously busy with forensic and CCTV enquiries, it’s still really important that we hear from those who were actually present. The swift arrival of police officers probably saved this man’s life and we could have easily have been dealing with something much worse. So please don’t leave making that phone call to someone else, no matter how small a part of the action you saw.”

Det Con Case can be contacted direct on 01234 275114, or via the 24-hour non-emergency police phone number 101 or text the control room direct on 07786 200011.

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. You do not have to give your name but could still receive a cash reward.