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Man stabbed on footpath in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 08:30 21 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:55 21 May 2019

Children’s play park next to path between Sunny Hill and Netherwood Green where man stabbed

Children's play park next to path between Sunny Hill and Netherwood Green where man stabbed

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People living in a neighbourhood where a man was stabbed in broad daylight say they are shocked but not surprised due to the amount of drug dealing in the area.

An investigation has been launched after a man in his 30s was stabbed as he walked along a footpath from Sunny Hill into Netherwood Green.

The victim was taken to hospital with injuries to his stomach and chest following the attack, which happened at about 1.45pm on Thursday, May 16. He has since been discharged.

People living near the path, which has a children's play area along it as well as woodland, say the area is rife with drug dealing activity.

A 45-year-old woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: "I'm assuming it's to do with drugs.

"There's a lot of drug dealing up here on this estate [Sunny Hill] and on their estate [Netherwood Green].

"But I'm certainly shocked to hear someone has been stabbed in broad daylight."

A 47-year-old woman, who did not want to be named, said it was really "scary" to hear someone had been stabbed.

But she said there were "drug dealers around" in the area.

She said: "You can see people coming and going. It's all happening in front of the playground area.

"It's happening all the time."

Another man, who did not want to be named, said there was "a lot of drug dealing that goes on" in the wooded area off the path.

Detectives are trying to establish the circumstances which led up to the victim being stabbed, however it is believed to have been an isolated incident.

The suspect is described as black, aged in his 20s and with dreadlocks.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or saw any suspicious activity in the area, should contact DC Lee Marriner at Norwich CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

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