Police call on public to stop sharing video of knife attack
By Andrew Merrell | 27th August 2019
Police are urging members of the public to stop sharing video of a vicious attack in Gloucester in which two men were stabbed.
A man remains in custody this morning (Tuesday, August 27) following the attack.
Shortly before 7.30pm yesterday police were called with a report a man had been assaulted and suffered multiple stab wounds.
Emergency services attended and a man aged in his thirties was taken by the ambulance service to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
A second man was found to have suffered an injury to his arm during the incident which also required hospital treatment. He has since been discharged from hospital.
A man aged in his 20s was arrested last night by armed police on suspicion of attempted murder.
Police cordons and road closures were put in place at the scene and they will remain until further notice today while an investigation continues.
Detective Chief Inspector Neil Smith has urged members of the public to stop circulating footage of the incident.
"Many of you will be aware of the incident that took place in Barton Street yesterday evening which involved two men being stabbed. We are carrying out an attempted murder investigation in connection with this," said Det Chief Insp Smith
"Shortly after the attack a member of the public shared with us some mobile phone footage of attack, this will now form part of our investigation and prosecution case.
"We have now been made aware that this footage has been circulated across numerous media platforms and is being shared between phones users.
"Can I please remind you all that this footage depicts the most horrendous series of events, the victims are badly injured and the last thing they or their families need is to have this played out on social media.
"I need this to cease immediately please, just imagine if this was a member of your family. We must show compassion and respect for all involved."
Investigating officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information who has not yet spoken to police to submit information online here: Incident 426
Gloucestershire Constabulary can also be called on 101 quoting incident 426 of August 26.
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