“Shocking example of brazen violence” man stabbed by gang wearing balaclavas in broad daylight

Police Appeal witness

Police are appealing for witnesses after a stabbing described as a “shocking example of brazen violence” left a man seriously injured.

The stabbing, which was initially reported as being in Kemspton, happened in Bedford near Bedford Road between Addison Howard Park and the railway bridge at around 5pm yesterday (Saturday).

Up to eight men were involved with attackers described as wearing balaclavas.

One of the men, reported to be wielding a knife, is described as in his mid-20s, white, six foot tall, and wearing a grey tracksuit top and bottoms.

A police cordon was put up after the attack and a “large” police presence was on the scene while investigations into the stabbing took place.

Detective Sergeant Mark Stewart, investigating, said: “This incident occurred in a busy area in broad daylight, and is an absolutely shocking example of brazen violence.

“We believe that this was a targeted attack, but that this was witnessed by many and has understandably caused concern in the local community.

“I would reassure the public that we are doing all we can to investigate the circumstances which led to a man being seriously harmed.

“We are grateful to those who have already contacted us with information. However, we are appealing for anyone else who witnessed the attack or any suspicious circumstances in the area to please get in contact.

“Our officers are conducting high visibility patrols in the area to help reassure residents and they can also be approached with any information, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police via 101, on the phone of via their webchat service or through their online reporting tool at beds.police.uk, quoting Operation Cooperi.

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