Salisbury stabbing victim 'stable' in hospital

Charlie's Store Catherine Street Salisbury May 2019

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 9:41am 21st May 2019. (Updated at 10:28am 21st May 2019)

A man who suffered 'multiple puncture wounds' in an incident on Catherine Street had to be airlifted to hospital.

Police were called out to Catherine Street at around 8.40pm last night (Monday May 20th) by ambulance crews.

The victim, who's in his 40s, was taken to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance in a serious condition.

It's now been confirmed by Wiltshire Police that he's now stable and continuing to have treatment.

They haven't told us exactly what caused the injuries though.

Incident on Catherine Street Salisbury May 2019
The scene was cordoned off throughout yesterday evening while investigations were carried out

ARREST MADE SHORTLY AFTER THE INCIDENT:

Police arrived within four minutes of getting the call and quickly arrested a 37 year old man on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He remains in custody this morning (as of 9.40am Tuesday May 21st).

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Police cars blocked traffic from using Catherine Street while the incident was being dealt with

WITNESS APPEAL

Wiltshire Police tell us their enquiries into what happened are still continuing this morning and they're keen to hear from anyone who might be able to help with any information.

Det Sgt Laura Cook, from Salisbury CID, said:

“I know last night’s incident will have caused concern amongst the local community and I want to reassure you that we are carrying out a detailed investigation.

“There will be a visible police presence in the city throughout today, including officers and detectives examining the scene of the assault.

“We know there will have been people who will have witnessed the incident and will have information that could assist with our enquiries, and we would urge you to come forward.

“You can either approach an officer you see out and about, or you can call us - we can treat your call confidentially if you prefer.”

Incident on Catherine Street Salisbury May 2019
Police were on the scene within minutes to seal off Catherine Street

Charlie's Store, where a cordon was in place during the incident, has re-opened as normal this morning (Tuesday May 21st).

'SALISBURY REMAINS A SAFE CITY':

Inspector Pete Sparrow, from Wiltshire South Community Policing Team, added:

“Obviously, incidents of violent crime will raise concerns and create worry, but these types of offences almost always involve people who are known to each other – they are very rarely random attacks.

“Last night’s assault comes during a busy week for police in the south of the county and I have seen concerns raised by people worried about how safe Salisbury is.

“I want to reassure you that Salisbury remains a very safe city.

"Also, I hope people will find comfort in how quickly we were able to respond to last night’s assault. Police were on the scene within four minutes of receiving the 999 call and we quickly made an arrest.

“However, the investigation is ongoing so I would urge anyone who may know something which could assist our enquiries to come forward.”

Anyone with information should call Salisbury CID on 101, quoting crime reference 54190048462.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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