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Fifth person stabbed in Norwich in two weeks

PUBLISHED: 10:40 22 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:49 22 November 2018

Police at the scene of a stabbing in Godric Place in Norwich. Picture Archant.

Police at the scene of a stabbing in Godric Place in Norwich. Picture Archant.

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A man was stabbed at his home after answering his door in Norwich.

Officers were called to an address in Godric Place at 10.50pm on Wednesday night to reports a man, aged in his 40s, had suffered stab wounds.

Police said the victim had answered the door to a man who then stabbed him shortly before the paramedics were called.

The victim was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

Many of the residents in the quiet, isolated housing estate said the news came as no surprise, with some citing the violent murder of Farnaz Ali, 49, who was attacked with a hammer in the same neighbourhood in July 2017.

Police at the scene of a stabbing in Godric Place in Norwich. Picture: Victoria PertusaPolice at the scene of a stabbing in Godric Place in Norwich. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

“We are searching for another house,” said a 40-year-old resident who did not want to be identified. “I have been living here for two years, but someone died here last year and it’s a bit scary.”

Just last week, on Monday, November 12, police raided a property in Godric Place during a drug bust and arrested a young woman and a man.

A 75-year-old witness, who did not want to be named, said there has been a growing crime problem in Godric Place in the 30 years he has lived there.

Speaking this morning about the stabbing, he said: “I’m not surprised something like this has happened with the way things are going, we had a drug bust here the other day.”

A 73-year-old woman, who has lived in Godric Place for 27 years, said: “It’s awful, you don’t feel safe around here.”

“There more people coming in and out you don’t know who is supposed to be here.”

Detective Inspector Chris Burgess said police were following a number of lines of enquiry, adding: “One of which is that the victim and suspect are known to each other; however, we would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the Godric Place area between 10pm and 11pm to contact us.”

The incident follows a number of stabbings in the city in the last couple of weeks.

Police at the scene of a stabbing in Godric Place in Norwich. Picture: Victoria PertusaPolice at the scene of a stabbing in Godric Place in Norwich. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

On November 8 two women were stabbed outside an address in Riverside Road and on November 14 two men were stabbed near Norwich railway station.

Superintendent Terry Lordan, District Commander for Norwich, said: “It is understandable that local residents will be concerned about this incident and other recent events in the city which have involved knives.

“We will have additional patrols in the area over the coming days to offer reassurance and I would encourage anyone with concerns to speak to local officers or contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team.

“We take any offences involving knife crime extremely seriously and currently have a number of measures in place to try and tackle the issue. This includes an on-going programme within Norfolk’s high schools educating young people about the dangers of carrying knives and our Street Doctors initiative within local communities.

Police at the scene of a stabbing in Godric Place in Norwich. Picture: Victoria PertusaPolice at the scene of a stabbing in Godric Place in Norwich. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

“We also launched Op Moonshot City earlier this week, a specialist unit which will focus on disrupting criminals and protecting our communities by using innovative technology and proactive policing on Norwich’s road networks.

“It is also important to remember that we all have a role to play in keeping our local communities safe, so if you know someone who may be in possession of a knife, or you see someone carrying a knife, please call police on 101 – or dial 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.”

• Anyone with information about the stabbing in Godric Place should contact Norwich CID on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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