December 11 2013 Latest news:
Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Detectives are hunting three men in a car who drove into one man in the city before attacking a second man, who fled the scene, in a nearby street, stabbing him ‘several’ times.
Police are today looking to reassure the public following the violent attack which happened in Cathedral Street, off Prince of Wales Road, following an earlier incident in nearby St Faiths Lane.
At about 9.50pm the victims, two men in their early 30s, were walking along St Faiths Lane when they were approached by three men in a dark coloured Ford Focus.
The Focus has mounted the pavement and struck one of the men causing minor injury, which appears to have been a deliberate act.
The second victim, who fled the scene, ran to Cathedral Street where he was attacked by the group.
He was stabbed several times, resulting in serious injuries to his shoulder and buttocks.
Both men were taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment.
Two of the three offenders are described as being in their mid 20s with one being black and one being white.
Detective Inspector Richard Graveling, from Norwich CID, said officers were following a number of lines of inquiry and moved to reassure people incidents of this nature were rare in the city.
He said: “The level of violence used in this attack is serious but fortunately extremely rare in Norwich.
“The investigation is in the early stages and while the motive remains unclear at this time we are exploring whether this was a targeted attack.
“We have a team of officers actively pursuing lines of enquiry today and I would urge anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information about the people involved to come forward.”
A 57-year-old man who lives in Cathedral Street, but who did not want to be named, said the attack sounded “pretty horrendous” although did not see anything himself.
He said: “You would like to think something like that wouldn’t be completely indiscriminate.”
He added: “The only thing I heard was just car doors being slammed over a very brief period but that was it. I didn’t look out of the window and didn’t think anything of it because it’s Cathedral Street and tends to be fairly lively.
“We saw the blue flashing lights subsequently but didn’t even know where they were going or that there had been an incident on the street.”
A man who works at nearby Beeline Taxis, but did not want to be named, said he discovered the cordon when he arrived for work at about 5am and said he had been told by officers “someone had been stabbed”.
Anyone with information should contact Det Sgt Andy Barker at Norwich CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.