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Police quiz stab suspect

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

19/02/14 Stabbing Police still at the scene in Waterloo St in Burton where a stabbing occured yesterday, conducting searches..Police searching the grounds at the rear of 119 Waterloo st

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A BURTON man is being quizzed in connection with a stabbing in the town.

Police arrested a 36-year-old at noon yesterday on suspicion of assault – 24 hours after an incident in Albert Street which left a 30-year-old man from Burton with wounds to his stomach and arm.

He was taken to hospital in Stoke-on-Trent by air ambulance, where his condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, commander of the East Staffordshire Local Policing Unit, said: “I would like to thank the public for their patience and co-operation while we dealt with this serious incident.

“We can reassure the public that we do not believe this incident is linked to previous community tensions in the area, and at this stage we are working to understand the circumstances of the assault.

“I can understand residents’ concerns and I’d encourage them to speak to local officers who are in the area carrying out inquiries and reassurance patrols.”

A police search team descended on an address in nearby Waterloo Street at around 12.30pm yesterday. They entered through a gate which leads to an alleyway which leads to a number of gardens.

They could be seen carrying rakes, shears and other tools to assist them in their search.

A police spokesman confirmed the search was part of the investigation into the stabbing.

The Mail spoke to residents and businesses in Waterloo Street, but all were reluctant to give their names.

One witness revealed he thought the incident had happened behind a parked van.

He said: “He (the victim) came out from behind a van holding some papers and a wallet.

“He staggered towards the shop – that’s when we called 999.”

He said the injured man, who has not been named, has two young children and a partner who live at an address with him in Waterloo Street.

Police were reassuring residents yesterday with foot patrols and posted leaflets through doors which gave a description of both the victim and the attacker.

The suspect was described as a black male, aged between 20 and 30.

A police officer at the scene yesterday told the Mail people had reported seeing the two men before and after the incident, but not during it.

Police seized CCTV footage from local businesses, which they said was crucial to the investigation.

Following the incident, the injured man was treated by paramedics outside the Price Care shop on the corner of Albert Street. He was then airlifted to he University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

The attack left residents living nearby in shock.

Witnesses are asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 43 of Tuesday, February 19.

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